Well over half of Ravalli County is designated as US Forest Service land.
Much recent research has focused attention on how our temperate zone forests are affected by climate change.
It isn’t just the Amazon that matters. Forest management is an important local climate issue for us. Your BCAG board has been working to develop a set of principles/guidelines for BCAG action relating to this issue, including:
• wildfire impacts on health and community infrastructure
• best practices for reducing wildfire risks: current science around thinning of the forest, etc.
• carbon sequestration and forestry practices to mitigate climate change
Fire in the Root is the valley coalition of fire departments, service agencies and citizens concerned with local wildfire protection. This group is currently beginning work on the first update of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) since 2006.
The existing plan does not mention drought due to climate change as one of the major causes of increased wildfire risk, nor does it address wildfire smoke as a major health risk or the possibilities of reducing climate impacts through carbon sequestration.
BCAG is engaging with the community in the process of updating the plan, as well as working to position ourselves to comment on climate-forestry affecting actions by the US Forest Service and other management agencies.
Any members interested in being involved in our forest management efforts, please contact board secretary Laura Jackson.