This Vast Wildfire Lab Is Helping Foresters Prepare for a Hotter Planet

When a monster of a wildfire whipped into the Sycan Marsh Preserve here in south-central Oregon in July, (WWU Recreation Management & Leadership alumna) Katie Sauerbrey feared the worst.

Ms. Sauerbrey, a fire manager for The Nature Conservancy, the conservation group that owns the 30,000-acre preserve, was in charge of a crew helping to fight the blaze — the Bootleg fire, one of the largest in a summer of extreme heat and dryness in the West — and protect a research station on the property.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022 - 10:21am