October 13, 2005

Scorched Earth and Other Natural Disasters

The 1988 fires in Yellowstone National Park changed the way Americans look at fire suppression. The lessons learned there changed how our nation deals with natural disasters. But the results of human efforts to control or respond to fires on the scale of those in Yellowstone or hurricanes in the Gulf have forced all of us to wonder how far we can go to counter the impact of nature.

Joan Cartan-Hansen is joined by author and environmental reporter Rocky Barker and a guest from the National Interagency Fire Center to look at the historical perspective of the development of land use policy and to discuss the unintended consequences of action or inaction in relation to natural disasters.