Fire-cleared area in Yosemite's Illilouette Creek basin has become a wetland. (Scott Stephens photo)

Wildfire management vs. suppression benefits forest and watershed

An unprecedented 40-year experiment in Yosemite National Park, led by a team of Berkeley civil and eivironmental engineers, strongly supports the idea that managing fire, rather than suppressing it, makes wilderness areas more resilient to fire, with the added benefit of increased water availability and resistance to drought.