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The Wild Side Series: Kwiaht: Wildfire Management, Wed. June 13 @ 7 pm
June 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Wildfires have been rare in the islands for over a thousand years, thanks to our humid climate and extensive clearing of underbrush by Coast Salish villagers setting small controlled fires. For almost a century logging and sheep kept much of our landscape open. But since the 1940s forests have regrown, potential ladder fuels have accumulated, and now our summers are getting longer and drier. Are the rainshadow islands heading for the kinds of wildfires that destroyed much of southern California and eastern Washington last year? Is there anything we can do to make our islands less fire prone, other than preemptive burning?
Refreshments are courtesy of the Friends of the Library.