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  • How forest management makes a difference in mega fires

    Will Whelan of The Nature Conservancy of Idaho talks about how thinning and forest restoration can blunt impacts of mega fires.

Will Whelan of The Nature Conservancy of Idaho talks about how thinning and forest restoration can blunt impacts of mega fires. Rocky Barker rbarker@idahostatesman.com
Will Whelan of The Nature Conservancy of Idaho talks about how thinning and forest restoration can blunt impacts of mega fires. Rocky Barker rbarker@idahostatesman.com
Letters from the West

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In age of megafires, firefighters shouldn’t be receiving blame

August 18, 2016 2:30 PM

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Rocky Barker is the energy and environment reporter for the Idaho Statesman and has been writing about the West since 1985. He is the author of several books, including "Scorched Earth How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America," "The Flyfisher's Guide to Idaho" and "The Wingshooter's Guide to Idaho."