Critical Thinking

All of us make daily decisions that involve California's precious natural resources. Whether we choose paper or plastic at the grocery store, reuse our lunch bag, water our garden or mulch our flower beds with bark, we are using natural resources on a daily basis. Where did the 2x4s used to frame your house come from? Were they shipped thousands of miles or did they come from trees in a nearby forest? Should we be concerned about pollution from large wildfires? What is sustainable forestry?

These are just a few of the questions you may ask about California's natural resources. The Forest Foundation would like to help you find the information you need to learn more about these issues. Please explore the following articles and links.


Solving the Wildfire Crisis

Solving the Wildfire Crisis:

A narrated CD presentation on forest health and wildfire risk. Hosted by Dr. Thomas M. Bonnicksen, Ph. D. This photo-filled presentation provides an expert's perspective on California's forest health and wildfire crises. In it, Dr. Thomas Bonnicksen clearly explains what has led to the epic destruction and overwhelming wildfire threat that now plague California's forests, as well as how we can make our forests and communities safe again.

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Protecting Communities And Savings Forests

Protecting Communities And Savings Forests - The Seeds of a Solution

Using history as a guide and modern science as its primary tool, restoration forestry acknowledges the many values people expect from forests, such as the need to keep forests biologically diverse and productive and the importance of ensuring the safety of forest communities. It addresses the economic realities, ecological challenges and social demands of making forests great again.

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Please click on the following links for information about restoring specific species:

Dr. Bonnicksen

Restoration Forestry

Restoration forestry is the concept of restoring modern forests to health using history as a guide. Restoration forestry provides a blueprint to return our public forests, especially national forests, to a more natural, healthy, and fire resistant condition.

The following content explains restoration forestry and the vision of Dr. Thomas M. Bonnicksen, Ph.D., one of the nation's foremost forestry experts and originator of the concept of "restoration forestry."

Dr. Bonnicksen is author of America's Ancient Forests: from the Ice Age to the Age of Discovery (John Wiley & Sons, 2000), Professor Emeritus of forest science at Texas A&M University, and a Visiting Scholar with The Forest Foundation.

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California Losing More Than 30,700 Acres Of Forestland Per Year

California Losing More Than 30,700 Acres Of Forestland Per Year

California has lost forests on federally owned land at the rate of more than 30,700 acres per year over the last seven years because of a lack of replanting following catastrophic forest fires, according to a review of Forest Service data by The Forest Foundation and the National Association of Forest Service Retirees.

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Forests and the Carbon Cycle

Carbon Cycle Poster

Carbon Cycle Poster

The poster graphically demonstrates the cycle of carbon absorption, storage and release into the atmosphere. Included are visuals that explain the role of sustainable forestry, wood products and wildfires.

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Forests and Water



A Guide To California's Wildlife On Private Forestlands

Online: A Guide To California's Wildlife On Private Forestlands

California features amazingly diverse wildlife populations, but how do animals choose where to live? Throughout history, events like fire, landslides, earthquakes, windstorms, volcanic eruptions, climate changes and disease have led to dramatic changes in the forest landscape and profoundly effected wildlife. For at least 10,000 years, Native Americans have managed the land to provide hunting grounds, shelter and grow grasses for basket making.

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Downloadable activities and lessons for use with Wildlife Book