Smokey bear and wild fires – pushing west into the wilderness Smokey Bear, like his real-life counterparts, reflected the culture and history of American conquest and entrenchment following the pioneering push to the West Coast in the mid-19th Century. Manifest Destiny wasn’t just about seizing the Continent; it also perfectly expressed … Continue reading
It takes the Irish to see the forest for the trees. This hot fire season roared to life and shows no signs of slowing down. Fire is coming to your neighborhood. Don’t become a statistic in the white heat of deadly forest fires. Thanks to Crowe Sawmills and Allen Crowe … Continue reading
This summer, eye-watering smoke hung over much of the western United States, and flames threatened homes, towns, and even the giant sequoias ofKings Canyon National Park. By mid-November, wildfires had burned 9.8 million acres across the country, and 2015 was on track to become the biggest fire year in at least a … Continue reading
“Black Hills Forestry: A History by Wyoming” by John Freeman is one of those rare books that brings 125 years of complexity into focus with sharp and insightful clarity. It’s a page turner, and unexpectedly so given it is what could be called an administrative and political look at federal … Continue reading
For the United States Forest Service and the other major federal, state and local wildland fire agencies, the music is playing the band. It worked OK for the Grateful Dead. It’s a different story when it comes to developing and conducting wildland fire policy. It may surprise no one to discover that … Continue reading
Foresters, range scientists, firefighters, and other members of Professional Forest Management’s large family of experts are working to reduce fire risk in the Black Hills, especially around our most vulnerable communities, officials said. Frank Carroll, general manager and co-owner with Van Elsbernd of Fort Collins, CO, said that much of … Continue reading
Freezing temperatures were no match for slash burners Frank Carroll and son-in-law Brian Brennan recently near Custer, SD. The pair burned 491 slash piles and seven machine piles over 9 days and significantly increased fire and beetle protection at Apple Valley Ranch on the Flynn Creek Road.
Rapid City, SD – Thinning ponderosa pine trees by chipping and mulching the trees in place is good for our Black Hills forests. The International Society of Aboriculture (ISA), the people who take care of trees, recommends chipping trees to a depth of 2-4 inches across the landscape where chippers … Continue reading