Grooming forests could be making fires worse, researchers warn
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Scientists are growing increasingly critical of standard forest management practices, as studies demonstrate the methods may cause fires to travel farther and faster. The article discussed the potentially dangerous results of continuous spraying. Thousands of hectares of public forest are sprayed with glyphosate each year to promote profitable coniferous growth and eliminate hardwood species, like aspen and birch. Lori Daniels, a 2017 Wall Solutions recipient, was asked about diversifying the forests and other natural fire barriers.
While at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, Prof. Daniels worked on a project called Wildfire 2017: Community-Based Solutions to a Wicked Problem. During the project, Daniels and her colleges identified barriers to community participation in wildfire prevention and developed programs with provincial leaders to increase participation in preventative wildfire management in B.C.