Noteworthy books of 2017: natural history
The Seattle Times , Originally published December 17, 2017 at 6:00 am
By Irene Wanner
"... Another book about trees is Michael Kodas’ “Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Megafires consume more than 100,000 acres; before 2005, they averaged one a year. Since then, the annual number has increased to almost 10.
Why? Kodas studies many causes — drought, pollution, insect infestations, climate change and more — and explains how a decades-old U.S. Forest Service policy of putting out all fires as soon as possible backfired. When low-intensity burns that had prevented fuel buildup ceased, undergrowth and small trees thrived, becoming disasters in waiting...."