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'Wildfires In The West' With Paul Rogers And Larissa Yokum On Wednesday's Access Utah


In a commentary published recently at, Paul Rogers, a forest ecologist and Director of the Western Aspen Alliance at Utah State University, argues that forest managers’ “goal should not be to stop wildfire but to reduce conflicts with it.” The headline for the piece is: 

“First the savior, now the villain: Fire suppression is often overhyped in the American west.” Today we’ll talk about wildfires in the West with Paul Rogers and Larissa Yokum, Assistant Professor of Fire Ecology in the USU Department of Wildland Resources and the USU Ecology Center. 

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.