Would “thinning areas where harvesting isn’t allowed” as advocated by Forest Nova Scotia reduce wildfire risk? 23Nov2023

An example of forested land in NS that burned in late May 2023 viewed on Sep 27, 2023.  This site is a managed conifer stand, ~ 30 years old. New, post-fire growth is mostly aspen and raspberry. According to Helen Whitman, “Those [Nova Scotia] fires burned in conifer-dominated areas”  (Photo by David P)
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Forest Nova Scotia, “the largest organization of forest interests in the province of Nova Scotia, on the East coast of Canada” says it would.

In recent blog posts, the organization also maintains that we are “worsening climate change and increasing wildfire risk by protecting too much land”.

I am not so sure, but I would like to see people more knowledgable than myself on such matters, weigh in.

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