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August 2022


Architecture

Home Design
Fire-resistant home design, in Oregon, survives 2020 wildfire.  NPR/OPB
New Montana home, that was NOT designed to be fire-resistant, burns in 2022.  NPR
Figure 1:  Clean-up after a 2018 wildfire in Southern California, showing how not to design a building to be fire-resistant. Exterior columns beneath decks and other structures need to be enclosed with fire-resistant cladding, to prevent air fuel from entering underneath the structures. Photo courtesy of Riverside County Department of Waste Resources. [Idyllwild Town Crier]

Economic Development

Land Use

Natural watersheds resist drought
Stanford

Beaver dams in natural watersheds
Vox

Figure 2:  Beaver ponds provide wildlife habitat in fire-scorched Baugh Creek, Idaho, 2018. [Wiki]

Beavers and wolves management plan
OSU

Royal Horticultural Society opposes fake grass
Real Homes

Rural internet access in Western Colorado
NPR

Rural internet access in Michigan
NPR

Figure 3:  Fiber optic splice box in Austria. [Wiki]

Fast tracking land use permits in California
Cap Radio

US Senate negotiations to fast track permits
CNN Guest Editorial