PFM foresters and forestry technicians exploring using special equipment in fire fighting and forest management

PFM officials said today they are working to explore the use of Bradco grapples on skid steers and Fecon mulching heads to help fire fighters build fireline, establish fire lines, and help with prescribed fires and fire projects.  The nimble skid steers can build fire line or prepare fire line … Continue reading

PFM working to reduce fire risk in the Black Hills

The Wolverine Fire, Chelan Complex, Chelan, WA, Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, 2015

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

PFM experts work with ranchers to reestablish shelterbelts (wind breaks) lost to wild fire

PFM forest and range specialists are working with local ranchers and producers to reestablish shelter belts, some almost 100 years old, in the wake of the Pautre fire from April 4, 2013.  The shelter belts were hard hit by fire and are difficult to reestablish when they are gone.  Ranchers … Continue reading

Cattle thrive on Northern Great Plains, Mixed Grass Prairie

PFM experts Van Elsbernd and Frank Carroll spend eight months assisting local ranchers in the Lemmon, SD area deal with the aftermath of one of the worst wild fires in the region in the past several decades.  The fire, started by Forest Service personnel using prescribed fire to suppress crested … Continue reading

Range Specialist and forester Van Elsbernd consults with Great Plains producers

Professional Forest Management’s Van Elsbernd, Co-Owner and a principal expert in a wide array of natural resources and environmental policy and practice, consults with producers, ranchers, farmers, and land owners on a host of issues.  His expertise comes from over 40 years of public and private service, first as a … Continue reading

Important Wild Fire Litigation Settled

                  A recent wild fire that damaged a number of private properties was recently settled, in part thanks to the efforts of PFM’s group of integrated natural resources and expert witnesses who prepared the main documents analyzing fire effects and making recommendations … Continue reading