Montana Forests shelter wildlife, clean our air and water, store carbon, moderate Earth’s climate and provide places where we work and play. But our forests are in trouble. A century of intensive logging
THE ROLE OF FIRE
For thousands of years,
In the moist forests dominated by western larch and Douglas-fir,
However, about a century ago, people started to see fire as the enemy. We rushed to fight any and all blazes. Ironically, snuffing out these periodic burns put forests at greater risk for severe, large-scale fires. Today, many drier, low-elevation forests have become much more crowded than they were
CUTTING TREES TO SAVE THE FOREST
While we need to restore fire to its vital role in our forests, right now, some fires will cause extreme damage. Current conditions can fuel unnatural
LEADING WITH SCIENCE
Our forest restoration work is on the cutting edge. Questions remain such as “Where and how much do we thin?
How Forest Thinning Changes Fire
The impact and role of fire
Thinning these forests restores their more natural,
Successful forest restoration requires a new way of thinking about forestry and sufficient funds to execute. This can be especially challenging to implement on our public land. One way TNC is helping advance
WHAT YOU CAN DO
We are excited to be a part of returning Montana Forests to health and productivity, but, public partnership and support and sufficient, and funding, progress will be slow. Please do what you can by supporting public policy that funds restoration and by making a gift to TNC to ensure our work keeps pace with the threats.
More ways to act:
- If you live near a forest, make sure your home is Fire Wise.
- Support land protection in forests so they can remain
MAKING IT WHOLE
Our forest work is focused on the Crown of the Continent—a 10-million acre mosaic of habitat where wildlife such as grizzly bears, lynx