Audio Clips

ERI Podcasts

KNAU: 4FRI Part 4: What Restoration will Look and Smell Like. Part four of the four part series on the Four Forest Restoration Initiative. November 16, 2012 (4:01) 4FRI part 4

KNAU: 4FRI Part 3: A Collaboration of Unlikely Partners. Part three of the four part series on the Four Forest Restoration Initiative. November 15, 2012 (3:59) 4FRI part 3

KNAU: 4FRI Part 2: The Birth of a Collaboration. Part two of the four part series on the Four Forest Restoration Initiative. November 14, 2012 (4:09) 4FRI part 2

KNAU: 4FRI Part 1: The Problem with Our Ponderosa Forests. Part one of the four part series on the Four Forest Restoration Initiative. November 13, 2012 (3:42) 4FRI part 1

NPR: How The Smokey Bear Effect Led To Raging Wildfires. Part one of the Megafires: The New Normal in the Southwest series. August 23, 2012 (5:30) Smokey Bear Effect

NPR: Why Forest-Killing Megafires Are the New Normal. Part two of the Megafires: The New Normal in the Southwest series. August 23, 2012 (5:24) Megafires

NPR: In Southwest, Worst-Case Fire Scenario Plays Out. Part three of the Megafires: The New Normal in the Southwest series.  August 24, 2012 (5:02)  Worst-Case Fire Scenario

NPR: Is It Too Late to Defuse the Danger of Megafires? Part four of the Megafires: The New Normal in the Southwest series. August 24, 2012 (8:55) Too Late

NPR: 'Torture Lab' Kills Trees to Learn How to Save Them. Part five of the Megafires: The New Normal in the Southwest series. August 26, 2012 (4:45) Torture Lab

NPR On Point, with Tom Ashbrook: Giant Wildfires.  What we’re learning from the early, astonishing explosion of wildfires in the West in 2012, with guest Wally Covington. July 2, 2012 (46:35) On Point

KNPR, New Mexico Fire: Harbinger for a Bad Fire Season. The Whitewater-Baldy Complex fire in New Mexico has now consumed more than 200,000 acres in and around the Gila National Forest. We get the latest update on the fire. Then we'll talk about the upcoming fire season.  What can we expect when the season starts early and drought conditions are getting worse? June 4, 2012 (17:03) KNPR New Mexico Fire 

KNAU, Forest Service Expects to Spend Billions on 'Mega Fires'. June 1, 2012 (1:23)KNAU Forest Service 

KJZZ, Managing Arizona Wildfires. Wally Covington, executive director of the Ecological Restoration Institute at NAU, explains why certain parts of Arizona are prone to wildfires and what can be done to minimize their damage. Covington says fire season usually isn’t anything to worry about if proper precautions are taken and control of the flames is maintained. Covington says fires act as self-regulating mechanisms for the environment, so the goal isn’t to stop fires entirely. He says it’s important to thin out fire-prone areas to keep flames from getting out of control.  May 16, 2012 (10:40) KJZZ

Inside Higher Education, Wildfires and Forest Restoration.  In today’s Academic Minute, Northern Arizona University's Wally Covington explores why the forests of the American West have become more susceptible to large fires and outlines efforts to restore their natural ecology.  April 26, 2012 (2:30) Inside Higher Education 

NPR, Managing Forests to Manage Wildfires, with Wally Covington, September 23, 2011 (0:30) Managing Forests 

KNAU Inquiring Minds: Restoring Forests, with Wally Covington, June 21, 2011 (2:00) Inquiring Minds 

NPR, All Things Considered, The Two Wildfires Ragining in Arizona Burn Differently, June 20, 2011 (3:40) All Things Considered 

NPR, Major Wildfires Choke Arizona (Wallow Fire, Murphy Fire), with Wally Covingon, June 7, 2011 (3:36) Major Wildfires 

KJZZ Fire Prevention and Forest Health, with Dave Brewer, June 3, 2011 (1:10) Fire Prevention 

KNAU Fire Talk, call-in show with the ERI's Wally Covington, the Forest Service's Henry Provencio and Grand Canyon Trust's Ethan Aumack, July 7, 2010. Part 1 (17:23) Firetalk 1 

KNAU Fire Talk, July 7, 2010. Part 2 (19:27) Firetalk 2

KNAU Fire Talk, July 7, 2010. Part 3 (15:06) Firetalk 3

Restoring Native Plant Diversity in Landscapes, with Professor Paul Keddy.  This is a talk given in Flagstaff, Arizona to the School of Forestry on 18 April 2007 by Professor Paul Keddy as a William P. Thompson Memorial Lecture.  It explains six basic models that can explain plant diversity in landscapes at different scales.  The same models can be used to better manage landscapes to maintain plant diversity.  The models include the intermediate diversity model developed by Phil Grime, and the centrifugal model developed by Paul Keddy.  Most of the examples come from wetlands, but they can be applied to terrestrial vegetation as well. The general point is that plant diversity can be explained and manipulated with a small tool box of pragmatic models. April 18, 2007 (53:24) Restoring Plant Diversity