Television and Radio

Ecology Hour Interview

Forest Ecology with Chad Hanson, Ph.D.
August 8, 2016
KZYX Mendicino CA

Conversation about the importance of low, moderate and high intensity fire for forest ecosystem health in California. Rarer than old-growth forest and just as biodiverse, lets' let science guide management rather than fear.

Eight Years After a Terrifying Fire, This Forest is Just Fine

November 5, 2015
By Chris Clarke

Following a Prius up a dirt forest road, I daydream a bit behind the wheel. It's a pretty place: black oaks starting to show a little fall color, tall willows fringing the backs of Grout Creek, sun-warmed granite boulders showing between the trees. Scrub jays dart noisily between the trees as I pass, flashes of blue glinting off their wing feathers.

Forest Renews itself in the Wake of “Devastating” Lake Fire

October 27, 2015
By Chris Clarke
KCET Los Angeles

This month I had the opportunity to hike into the Aspen Grove which burned at high intensity on the San Bernardino National Forest during the Lake Fire.

I'd expected the Lake Fire's high intensity burn area to be somber, promising renewal only in the abstract for people who could spot subtle signs of recovery. Instead, the place is cheerful, the life in it exuberant.

In Defense of The Bark Beetle

October 14, 2015
By Chad Hanson
Re-wild Commentary on

Numerous scientific studies, including one by NASA, demonstrate that trees that die as a result of an increase in Bark beetle populations do not increase the risk or intensity of wildland fire in western forests. These native beetles enhance our forest ecosystems and should not be the scapegoat for misinformed forest management and misguided legislation.

Talk Nerdy PodCast

with Cara Santa Maria
October 12, 2015

John Muir Project Director Dr. Chad Hanson informs Cara about current legislative efforts to deregulate logging in America's forests. Myths are also busted regarding forest fires.

Study: Intense Wildfires May Be Good For Rare Mountain Weasel

October 1, 2015
By Chris Clarke
KCET Los Angeles

Good news from the wildfire front: it looks as though high-severity fires might not be as much of a disaster for wildlife as is popularly supposed. That's the takeaway from a new study of the McNally Fire which found that Pacific Fisher's, especially females use forested areas that burned at high intensity.

KQED FORUM: Federal Wildfire Legislation Sparks Debate on Salvage Logging

August 3, 2015

Chad Hanson was a guest on the KQED Radio program FORUM discussing how the the so called "Resilient Forest Act of 2015" simply promotes more logging with less oversight at the expense of our native forest ecosystems which evolved with fire and benefit from this natural process. To listen to the Program or submit a comment click the link below.

JEFFERSON PUBLIC RADIO: How Fires — Even Big Ones –Help Forests

July 2, 2015

Chad Hanson and Dominick DellaSalla talk about their new book, "The Ecological Importance of High-Severity Fire: Nature's Phoenix", and discuss why and how federal policy on wildland fire should change so that communities are better protected, firefighters are not put unnecessarily at risk and fire is allowed to improve our ecosystems all while saving billions in taxpayer dollars.