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Paul calls Alan Booker up to talk about the BBB, but decided to talk about the wildfires in the USA instead.

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Current forestry practices include logging the area (thin out trees that are least suited to for logs and leave the better ones, repeat every few years until the best are left), fuel reduction (clear dead and patches of sick trees), and silvopasture (reduce tree count by 75%, allowing faster tree growth and use the floor as pasture, think savannah).  However, conifers are allopathic so they tend to hamper growth of other plants around them making them not the best trees for silvopasture.  Another, though rarely used fire control method used in forestry is to feed junk wood to masticators instead of burning it.  A masticator is a machine that flattens and perforates wood to encourage even decomposition.  Wood processed like this is almost impossible to ignite and instead of polluting the air with smoke, it helps support the soil.

Wildfires are hardly new, so what happened regarding fires 500 years ago?  Alan cites the book “Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge” which claims that the native tribes of the Californian area widely used fire to control local vegetation and to open up a wide array of more useful plants for them.  

In a hypothetical scenario in which both Paul and Alan own a million acres of conifer forest in western Oregon, Paul would break the area up into 100-acre chunks, bring in 10 000 people to manage the 10 000 chunks, then move towards bringing down the chunk size to roughly 10 acres.  Goal is to leave it as something other than a conifer desert.

Continued in part 2

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Fire Protection: safeguarding our home and property

Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge thread
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That part about the 'clumpyness of human beings' I found very interesting. Could you have more podcasts on that subject?
 
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Can Alan be on every episode from here on out?
 
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What is a masticator? Sounds like a suessian machine I could use...
 
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