Here you will find information and opinions about issues in forestry and natural resource management, with a focus on the western United States.
Your host is the Forestkeeper, William Wade Keye.  That’s me, Bill Keye.  I’m a professional forester living in Northern California.   I like hugging trees but don’t mind chopping some of them down. 
That’s what forestry’s all about – trying to find the right balance between preservation and use. 
Of critical interest is the fate of our federal public lands, especially our national forests.
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Although my forestry career has been spent in the private sector, I’ve always had an interest in national forest management.  There’s good reason:  here in California, as in much of the American West, national forests and other federal public lands occupy huge areas.  Fully half of California’s commercial-grade timberland, for example, is managed by the U. S. Forest Service.   My interest led me to chronicle, in what grew to be three separate articles, the fascinating story of the Megram Fire, which scorched 140,000 acres in Trinity and Humboldt Counties during the summer and fall of 1999. 
Events preceding the burn, the fire itself, and its aftermath continue to provide a snapshot of contemporary environmental conflict, as local officials struggled to respond to events in the face of intense opposition.  Mostly, their efforts failed.  The results will be written on the landscape for decades – if not centuries – to come.
The “Megram Trilogy” was published in the Sunday Forum (opinion) section of the Sacramento Bee, as follows: