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By Sigrid Olson

Springtime Thinning: Double Duty


Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder

A stand of recently thinned Larch on a north aspect slope in Potomac.

POTOMAC - Springtime is a good time of year for property owners to look ahead to fire season. Creating defensible space through fire mitigation can not only protect homes but establishes a healthier forest.

"This term [fire mitigation] is often used to refer to work being done to prevent high intensity fire and leave property and values with a fighting chance in the case of a fire being nearby," said Zachary Bashoor, a forester who owns Bashoor Land Management out of Missoula. "The key to fire mitigation is creating defensible space around structures and values and between the forest floor...

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