Bark Alert: Tinder Loving Care

Bark is honored to present Dr. Dominick DellaSala, discussing his new book, The Ecological Importance of Mixed-Severity Forest Fires: Nature’s Phoenix at two upcoming events.

It’s fire season, which means more news stories about devastation, catastrophe and destruction. But what about the ecological benefits of wildfires? Fire has always been a part of our forests. Many species, such as the black-backed woodpecker, even depend on burned forests to thrive.

Dr. DellaSala was one of the lead scientists to advise the Northwest Forest Plan, a science-based plan that has helped safeguard the region’s remaining mature and old-growth forests. Dominick was a critical whistle blower while on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service spotted owl recovery team and has gone on to be one of the strongest advocates for our forests and the ecological benefits of wildfires.

There are two opportunities to hear him speak:

Both talks will focus on the conservation needs of burned forests, how to live safely in fire-country, and the controversy surrounding wildfires in a rapidly warming and changing world.

A burned forest of dense, fire-killed trees is perhaps the most maligned, misunderstood and imperiled habitat. Far from being destroyed, a naturally burned forest harbors extraordinarily rich biological diversity. After a fire the agency often proposes salvage logging so that the burned trees “won’t go to waste.” This short-sighted view of the forest ignores the habitat value of dead standing and downed trees, glossing over the adverse impacts of logging and road building on watershed health. Check out Bark’s policy on forest fires and ecology. We advocate for land management practices that recognize wildland fires as an agent of positive ecological change. I hope to see you at one of these stimulating presentations.


Russ Plaeger
Restoration Coordinator

P.S. A few Barkers recently got together and made some coloring sheets about the benefits of fire for kids to work on at our upcoming Office-Warming Party on Thursday, July 23rd. Have you RSVP’d yet? It’s going to be a wonderful celebration of Bark’s growing community of forest lovers!