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Discussing Utah's Wildfires On Tuesday's Access Utah

John McColgan, Bureau of Land Management

“In our region fire is to dry forests as rain is to rainforests; both are important in the life of a forest to provide clean water, climate stabilization, hunting and fishing, outdoor recreation and wildlife habitat. A fire does not destroy a forest; rather, it simply resets nature’s clock as it has been doing for millennia,” said Chad Hanson, Director and Ecologist with the John Muir Project, Earth Island Institute, and co-editor of “The Ecological Importance of Mixed-Severity Fires: Nature’s Phoenix”

Today on the program we speak with Chad Hanson about the fires that ravage Utah and much of the west, as well as Michael Jenkins, Associate Professor of Disturbance Ecology and Management, Insects, Fire, Snow Avalanches at Utah State University. Dr. Jefferey Bennion from the Cache Valley ENT Allergy Clinic also joins us to discuss how the wildfires affect our respiratory health.

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.