Lawsuit aims to protect threatened species, but fire scientist says management delays could be worse

From Jefferson Public Radio South Oregon….

Complaints from the Cascadia Wildlands, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Clamat-Siskiu Wildlands Center, and the Western Regional Law Center want to protect Marble Murelet and Beach Martin.

The BLM Integrated Plant Management Forest Management Plan lists 150,000 hectares of ordered fires, small-scale tree efficiency and commercial zones for a series of storage over the next decade.

They argue that the new ten-year forest management plan will not be effective. The groups say the planned projects will make older forests less fire resistant.

But Chris Adlam, a regional fire expert with Oregon State University, said the BLM plan is a good approach and will help re-ignite a useful fire.

“We want to get rid of these high-intensity fires so that they do not overheat and the forest is not renewed,” Adlam said.

He says there is a difference between low-intensity and high-intensity wildfires. Low-intensity fires – such as natural or controlled fires – can be helpful. But severe fires, as we see them today, can have a devastating effect on the landscape and take a long time to recover.

Adlam In 2020, Salater Fire said it would destroy many parts of the North Pole Owl home. This is not the only time that the habitat of endangered species has been threatened by wildfires.

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Adlam warned that if government agencies and security forces do not work together, the future catastrophic wildfires could increase the risk of wasting time.

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