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50– The fire cycle: appreciating a fundamental disturbance, with Fire Ecologist Larissa Yocom

50– The fire cycle: appreciating a fundamental disturbance, with Fire Ecologist Larissa Yocom

Update: 2021-05-11
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Larissa Yocom researches how fire changes ecosystems and how those changes affect people. Larissa counts tree rings to learn how an area has burned in the past. She counts twigs on forest floors to see how an area would burn in the present. In this episode, Larissa explains the history of wildfire in the west, helping us understand fire as just another force of nature. Just like storms, we can't prevent fires from happening. But, mechanical treatments and prescribed burns give us some say in when and how an area burns. Decision-makers can use fire as a tool, reducing the negative and distractions effects fire has on people and communities. Listen to this episode and hear what happened in the past and what needs to happen in the present.

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*Wyatt, the host of this podcast, is in the process of replacing his former last name with the more spellable name—Archer. Questions about the podcast can still be sent to wyatt.traughber@usu.edu

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50– The fire cycle: appreciating a fundamental disturbance, with Fire Ecologist Larissa Yocom

50– The fire cycle: appreciating a fundamental disturbance, with Fire Ecologist Larissa Yocom

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