Update: Guess Marcus had already sent me the iPad app referenced in the interview but I didn’t realize it! See useful links below. And actually the application has a web-interface that you could use on any device. Please report back if you do start using this.
Frank is joined by forester Marcus Kaufmann from the Oregon Department of Forestry. Marcus breaks-down the current state of forest ecology in the Western United States, including the interruption of natural fire cycles by human suppression efforts, the role of climate change and drought in fire intensity, and the growing pressure insects are placing on our forests as the climate warms. He discusses the social complexities of catastrophic wildfire, touching on the problem of wildland-urban interface and the institutional inertia of organizations like the Forest Service that are largely designed to fight large wildlfires. Then Marcus tells us of ongoing efforts to create a market for small diameter wood products as an energy source, from small co-generation projects to large industrial projects like liquid fuels.