A few years ago, the US Forest Service and other federal and state agencies asked the University of California to tackle a lingering dilemma: coming up with an environmentally-friendly way to prevent forest fires.
"There’s been controversy for decades on how to best manage the forest."
Kim Rodrigues with the UC Science Team says they’re working on an objective plan…
"To provide fuel breaks and protection from wildfire while also protecting water quality, wildlife habitat, other environmental values."
Right now, the US Forest Service is “thinning out” or cutting down smaller trees. Forestry officials say fires slow-down in areas that have been thinned. But conservationists say there are too many environmental consequences.
Wednesday's public meeting is at the Power’s Mansion Inn Conference Center in Auburn.