Making Contact

Making Contact – The Burning Issue: America’s War on Fire

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This year it made major news, but every summer wildfires torch thousands of acres of land. The National Forest Service rushes to the rescue; to save lives, homes, and communities. But is the agency’s approach to fire doing more harm than good?  On this edition, producer George Lavender takes a closer look at the “War on Fire”, from the forests of California to the halls of Congress.

Featuring: 

*Lorena Gorbett*, Mountain Maidu tribal member; *Debbie Miley*, National Wildfire Suppression Association Executive Director; *Chuck Striplen*, environmental scientist; *Tom Tidwell*, National Forest Service Chief; *Carmen Moon*, The Natives crew boss, *Darryl Stockdale*, aviation contractor; *Timothy Ingalsbee*, Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics and Ecology (FUSEE) co-founder; *Brent Johnson*, National Parks botanist; *Valentine Lopez*, *Amah* Mutsun *Tribal* Band Chair, *Howard Hunter*, Chips fire information officer; *Scott Stephens*, UC Berkeley associate professor of fire science.

For More Information:
   
Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics and Ecology

http://www.fusee.org

National Wildfire Suppression Association

http://www.nwsa.us
 

US Forest Service

http://www.fs.fed.us

Stephen’s Lab: Research and Education in Wildland Fire Science

http://cnr.berkeley.edu/stephens-lab/index.htm
 

Konkow Valley Band of Maidu

http://www.maidu.com/

The Ohlone Nation

http://amahmutsun.org/

KQNY radio

http://www.kqny919.org/


Articles:
 
One Earth: A Survival Guide for the Planet by Richard Manning
http://www.onearth.org/author/richard-manning Forest Service Orders

“Aggressive Initial Attack” on Wildfires—Despite Consequences
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2012/08/major-policy-reversal-us-forest-service-fighting-every-fire-year

Grass is burned to study Indian culture
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Grass-is-burned-to-study-Indian-culture-2396204.php

Getting Burned: A Taxpayer’s Guide to Wildfire Suppression Costs
http://www.idahoforests.org/img/pdf/FUSEE.pdf*