Pile Burning Scheduled This Week

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Source: Air Pollution Control District

WHAT: Prescribed pile burning of 1-10 treated acres of slash from felled dead trees and brush.

WHEN: January 25-27. Additional series of burns will occur through the spring. Burning operations will begin at 7:30 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. on a permissive burn day.

WHERE: Burning will occur near Figueroa Mountain and various other forest locations (updated on Los Padres Twitter and Facebook accounts).

WHY: The goal of the series of pile burns is to reduce the risk of wildfire. Prescribed, or planned, fires typically burn less intensely than wildfires. Prescribed burns can help prevent the spread of wildfires and can reduce impacts to watersheds that can result in soil loss and sedimentation. The burn will be conducted when the meteorological conditions are highly favorable to direct smoke away from population centers.

WHO: This prescribed burn is planned and coordinated by the Los Padres National Forest with Santa Barbara County APCD, San Luis Obispo County APCD, San Joaquin Valley APCD, Ventura County APCD, and the California Air Resources Board in order to minimize impacts on air quality on surrounding communities.

This burn depends on weather and air quality conditions that are favorable for smoke dispersal. If the conditions are not as desired, the burn will be rescheduled.

To view a statewide prescribed burn map and other features, visit the Prescribed Fire Information Reporting System (PFIRS) website: https://ssl.arb.ca.gov/pfirs/firm/firm.php

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Sun Jan 25, 2022 11:33 AM
Pile Burning Scheduled This Week

For every 1 tree burned or removed we should plant 1000 or more. Oceans, wetlands and Trees are our biggest carbon Carbon sequestration tools. Very inexpensive compared to the alternative. Is the Los Padres National Forest, the Santa Barbara County APCD, the San Luis Obispo County APCD, San Joaquin Valley APCD, the Ventura County APCD, and the California Air Resources Board ...Planting trees??? I hope they are planting many different types of native trees creating woodland forests......Watch these Stunning mangroves of Baja California next to wet lands...mangroves can tolerate low oxygen and brackish water https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sBJo9yLEjU&t=5s
mangroves https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mangrove
Plant billions of trees, simple and cheap carbon Carbon sequestration tools...we have 300 million people in the USA and 7 Billion people around the world....lets each plant a tree native to your area...

Chip of SB Jan 25, 2022 11:54 AM
Pile Burning Scheduled This Week

Sun, I think planting trees is a great idea. However, forests are not perpetual absorbers of carbon. There is a finite amount of carbon on earth and it exists in various forms. Carbon is not created or destroyed, it simply changes forms. Trees absorb carbon from the air as they grow using the power of the sun. When trees die they decompose and the carbon is released back into the air. When trees burn, they decompose rapidly and the carbon is similarly returned to the air. Therefore an established forest stores a relatively steady amount of carbon. The carbon absorbed by tree growth is equal to the carbon released by decomposition and fire. In addition, a forest ecosystem naturally develops a certain density of trees. In the case of the western us, fire suppression policies have increased the density of forests to an unnatural level. This leads to disease, a build up of dead trees, and an extreme fire hazard. Adding more trees to an overcrowded forest would only make things worse. The ideal should be to restore the forest to as close to its natural condition as practical which means reducing density for many of our forests.

Sun Jan 25, 2022 01:27 PM
Pile Burning Scheduled This Week

I understand what you are saying but here is a catch....the oil industry has extracted too much
of the Carbon and released in into the atmosphere creating climate change with extreme weather be it extreme fire, droughts, floods etc....
A healthy forest depends on fungi and fungi depends on dead wood.

Importance of Fungi in Forest Ecosystems

Tina Dreisbach

April, 2002

Fungi perform a number of essential functions in forest ecosystems and are an important forest resource. The following list is certainly not exhaustive, but includes functions for consideration when making forest management decisions.

Mycorrhizal associates - Mycorrhizal fungi form mutualistic symbioses with host plant roots, increasing plant water and nutrient uptake in exchange for carbon (for reviews see Allen 1991, O’Dell et al. 1993, and Smith and Read, 1997).
Pathogens - By killing trees, pathogenic fungi can reduce or eliminate plant species, cause gaps in the forest canopy that may increase plant species diversity (Holah et al. 1993), and add to accumulation of dead wood. As a consequence of altering plant diversity, pathogenic fungi in turn alter the fungal community (Christensen 1989). Other pathogenic fungi such as heart rot fungi, while not true tree killers, have an influence on nutrient cycling and wildlife habitat (Hennon 1995).
Decomposers – Wood and litter decay fungi recycle carbon, minerals, and nutrients for use by other organisms, and contribute to the soil matrix physical properties. Fungal fruiting bodies are a major agent of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium export from logs, particularly in the early stages of decomposition (Harmon et al. 1994).
Wildlife food sources - Fungi provide an important food source for many species, including microbes, arthropods, nematodes, and mammals (Fogel and Trappe 1978, Maser et al. 1978, Ingham and Molina 1991).
Edibles and medicinals - The harvest of edible and medicinal fungi, including chanterelles, morels, matsutake, boletes, truffles, ganoderma (reishi) and others is a growing industry, particularly in the Pacific Northwest (Molina et al. 1993, Schlosser and Blatner 1995, Amaranthus and Pilz 1996, Pilz et al. 1998). In addition, recreational mushroom collecting has become increasingly popular in the past several decades.


Down wood can be grouped in decay classes, the most commonly used being the 5-class system (Spies and Cline 1988, Maser et al. 1979). In this system, the five decay classes range continuously from I (recently down wood with intact bark and twigs) to V (soft and powdery texture). Although little is known about fungus-habitat relations, it is apparent that many fungi are associated with down wood. Following is a brief review of current knowledge.

In both old-growth and young stands of Douglas-fir in the West Cascades of Oregon, Smith et al. (2000) observed an increase in the occurrence of the ectomycorrhizal fungus, Piloderma fallax, with an increase in percent cover of down wood in decay class V. Amaranthus et al. (1994) found that down wood presence increased the probability of truffle and false truffle occurrence, particularly within one meter of down wood. Down wood acts as a moisture-retaining substrate, allowing root tips to support active ectomycorrhizae (Harvey et al. 1976, Harvey et al. 1978, Amaranthus et al. 1989, Harmon and Sexton 1995). These fallen tree “reservoirs” may provide refugia for seedlings and mycorrhizal fungi, particularly in more arid forests and at times of seasonal dryness. As stands mature, the availability of down wood may be crucial for establishment of fungi as well as plant seedlings (Kropp 1982).

In the case of decay fungi and pathogens, down wood is a direct food source. Studies in both Scandinavia and North America indicate the presence of large down wood promotes high species diversity of wood-decay fungi (Kruys, et al. 1999, Crites and Dale 1998, Ohlson et al. 1997, Høiland and Bendiksen 1996, Bader et al. 1995, Wästerlund and Ingelög 1981). Høiland and Bendiksen (1996) found that rare wood-inhabiting fungal species occurred primarily on long (average length = 11 meters) and well-decayed (average decay Class III) down wood. When surface area is taken into consideration, fine woody debris appears to be equally important to species diversity (Kruys and Jonsson 1999).

Preservation of fungal species diversity and viability is essential to ecosystem functioning. As heterotrophic organisms, many fungi are directly or indirectly dependent on plant communities. As plant communities change under the influence of soil, climate, topography, and organisms, or as a result of natural catastrophes or forest management, fungal species composition is altered (for review see Molina et al. 2001). Fungal species composition in turn influences plant community structure, providing a complex feedback mechanism (van der Heijden et al. 1998). In North America a number of researchers have studied the effects of forest management practices on fungal communities (Pilz and Perry 1984, O’Dell et al. 1992, Clarkson and Mills 1994, Cázares et al. 1998, Stendell et al. 1999, Colgan et al. 1999). In general, activities such as clear cutting and thinning result in a change in the fungal community, as well as a decrease in fungal sporocarp (mushroom) production or levels of ectomycorrhizae formation. European researchers attribute habitat destruction and forest management practices to declines of fungal diversity, especially for rare species (Rydin et al. 1997). In particular, the decline in numbers of old trees and amount of coarse woody debris in Swedish forests is considered a threat to many fungal species (Berg et al. 1994).

Presently no guidelines are in place for dead wood management to provide for the maintenance of fungal biodiversity. The following summary provides information regarding the relationship of dead wood to forest fungi, and direction for management within the context of the DecAID model.


If maintenance of fungal biodiversity is a goal, then management options that provide for the needs of multiple species are appropriate. This would include a diversity in size and decay class of down wood. If protection of rare species is a management goal, it is desirable to have knowledge about the requirements for those particular species and how that habitat can be achieved and maintained. Although we know little about down wood requirements for most individual species, knowledge of ecological function may guide decision making in this area. For example, requirements for mycorrhizal fungi include not only down wood, but presence of living host plants of the appropriate species and age. For wood-decay fungi, the size and decay class of the down wood may be the primary factors. If enhancement of mushroom production then the ecological factors controlling fruiting can also become important in guiding the management decision.

Sun Jan 25, 2022 04:12 PM
Pile Burning Scheduled This Week

Wood Wide Web....how trees communicate with each other via fungi

Sun Jan 25, 2022 12:04 PM
Pile Burning Scheduled This Week

Check out this amazing group planting trees around the world... you can be part of the action in helping to plant tree....100,000 planted in California and much more....

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