We exit January with our final Fire theme episode – Too Close to Home. My guest is Martha Brabec, Foothills Restoration Specialist with the City of Boise. Martha joined the City in this newly formed position soon after this summer’s Table Rock fire. Boise residents who live near the Table Rock burn zone know well that this event was too close to home and is certainly not the first time that wildfires have threatened Treasure Valley homes. But, Boise is situated in the middle of the giant sagebrush sea that covers a large portion of the western United States and fire is now a fixture of this landscape. The introduction of cheat grass and changing weather patterns have shifted the fire regime immensely. We now find ourselves increasingly managing for fire prevention and restoring fire damaged sagebrush lands.
Martha provides our listeners with an overview of life in the modern sagebrush sea, and what the City of Boise is doing to preserve and manage the foothills lands that our community has invested in.
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