Saws and Stuff

Over these last few weeks I’ve developed this obsession to fiddle with chainsaws.  I’ve been using/abusing them in fire for awhile now, making your typical novice repairs including general clutch drum replacement, sprocket, chain tensioner, spark plug, studs, air filter, etc.  Basically all of the things necessary to keep your saw running loud as hell and … [Read more…]

Simon Sinek’s Leaders Eat Last

Coincidentally I read this book in 30 page chunks, after work, after 45 minutes of running, and then after dinner. (There is no parallel between the title and me eating dinner.) Simon Sinek was first introduced to me via Youtube. I was in a momentary phase of watching motivational videos and I think it was … [Read more…]

A Fire History of Contemporary America

  Stephen Pyne’s Between Two Fires: A Fire History of Contemporary America was given to me by the people at Wildland Fire Leadership Development Program. I annoyed them with emails and Facebook messages about various things, visited their Facebook page on a daily basis, and in return, have formed a couple friendships via cyberspace. I’ve tried … [Read more…]

Forest Fire Resiliency and School Shootings

The Umpqua Forestry Coalition is a “broad-based, community group that advocates for forest management activities on public lands in Douglas County, Oregon” (taken from their website http://www.umpquafc.org/).  Last night they (the UFC) hosted a public forum pertaining to a project which has been in the works over the last few years called the Calf/Copeland Restoration … [Read more…]

Erasing the Lines on Wildfire in Reno, NV: The 2017 WUI Conference

Dear Peppermill Resort and Casino: Thank you for hosting the 15th annual Wildland Urban Interface Conference recently in Reno Nevada. Your confusing hallways, over-abundance of mirrors, psychedelic carpeting, lack of windows, low ceilings, and stifling warm air were all appreciated and no doubt helped me seek refuge at the Blackjack table. However, you did allow … [Read more…]