How One California Community Protected Itself From Forest Fires

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In the foothills of california's sierra nevada mountains sits rock haven. It's a small private holding a forest of cedar fir and pine trees and for years. It was a ticking fire time bomb as throughout the west natural fire had been suppressed for a century. We had it rough even six times as much fuel on the ground as the average for california where you could imagine. That's a tele of the stuff that can burn. Jennifer lives in the east bay. She's the fourth generation of her family to use a cabin near shaver lake and is part of the association that collectively owns the land. She and her husband worked hard to convince everyone else. They had to do something about fire risk. We've been talking for members for you know maybe almost twenty years but many of the families were reluctant a century ago. A lumber company cut most of the trees in the area. When the forest came back people loved the trees and wanted to protect them. The idea that it was good to cut crowded trees and set prescribed. Fires was a non-starter we had ruled in our association. With you better tree and you know tweezers take it and blah blah. but by twenty fourteen. There was a new threat during a punishing drought bark. Beetles began killing entire stands of trees making the fire risk. Even worse mu white finally convinced her neighbors to hire a forester julianne stewart. Told them taking action was urgent. So it was really neat process and kind of bringing dot group of people together to realize like we're on the precipice we have an emergency. Our trees are dying. We need to do something. People compromised and made a plan then came the question of money. We'd never would've been able to pay for it all of that. In a timely manner can run up to five thousand dollars an acre to clean up recover and maintain a forest. That would mean about a million dollars for rock

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