Entries by Alan Journet

Breathing new ideas on wildfire smoke

Nick Morgan, Medford Mail Tribune, September 16, 2018 As locals reel from a wildfire season that’s already consumed more than double the average number of acres burned over the past decade, leaving behind still-lingering smoke in its wake, local business leaders say they’re learning to adapt while state officials place new ideas on the table. […]

Can’t ignore science

Letter to Editor by Kathy Conway, Ashland Daily Tidings, September 11, 2018; Also appearing in the Medford Mail Tribune September 13 as “Barking Up the Wrong Tree” Struggling to find opposing views can result in imbalance. Such occurred in the point/counterpoint columns on wildfire (Sunday, Sept. 2). One side offered an environmental scientist (Frey) who […]

Invest in restoration forestry for wildfire resilience

Jason Clark, Medford Mail Tribune, September 4, 2018 Western states need to implement restoration forestry practices on a large scale and fast. Restoration forestry backed by adequate public investment will pay back dividends in a four-pronged benefit package: 1) increased wildfire resilience, 2) habitat values and other ecosystem services, 3) economic invigoration, and 4) long-term […]

What if this is the new normal?

John Darling Medford Mail Tribune, September 5 2018 Calling this summer’s wildfire and smoke “emotionally and financially devastating,” state Rep. Pam Marsh is organizing a three-hour cram-course — the Smoke and Fire Summit — to hear and help shape strategies for forest management, health impacts, economic remedies and climate change. The summit features 15 local […]

Are Local Climate Efforts Enough?

Olivia Rosane, Ecowatch August 30, 2018 After President Donald Trump announced he would withdraw the U.S. from the Paris agreement to limit global warming to well below two degrees above pre-industrial levels, more than 1,000 U.S. governors, mayors, businesses and universities pledged to make greenhouse gas emissions reductions that would nevertheless move the U.S. towards meeting its original Paris goals. Now, a study released […]

The Message from a Warming Applegate

Guest Opinion in The Applegater, Fall 2018 Issue As residents of the Applegate Valley, we can ignore the data and our own eyes as some argue we should. Alternatively, we can be a little smarter; we can acknowledge what is happening and then both prepare for the future and commit to reducing the problem. More