Scientists Are Trying to Make California Forests More Fire Resilient

As the threat of wildfire looms, a debate has emerged in the state about the best way to plant trees

Jun 14 · 8 min read
Cluster planting is an attempt to mimic the gaps of cleared-out vegetation that decades of frequent, low-severity fire would create in a more mature forest. Photo: Max Whittaker/Bloomberg

By Laura Bliss

To the untrained eye, the scrubby slope off Wentworth Springs Road in the Eldorado National Forest looks like any other patch of Sierra…