In the Methow Valley, just east of the Cascades, resource managers, loggers, and ecologists are united with the goal of restoring the forests of their home valley to a legendary “natural state.” A century of strict fire suppression has resulted in what Kent Woodruff, a biologist in the employ of the Forest Service, terms “an epidemic of trees”: forests where trees haven’t been thinned by fire, where volatile fuel is heaped on the ground. Because of this suppression, we have entered a period in which fire management has become futile. In recent years, fires have scorched the land on an unimaginable and unprecedented scale. The Methow Valley was devastated by massive fires in the summers of 2014 and 2015, a result of the multi-year drought that gripped most of the west coast. Residents are throwing themselves into projects to protect the remaining vulnerable forest from fire in whatever ways they can. For Kent, this takes the form of installing beaver pairs along creeks, to better regulate the release of snowmelt water throughout the hot summer and help the ecosystem adapt to more frequent and severe droughts. For Mike Borowski, another Forest Service employee, fire prevention takes the form of selective logging, a process called “mechanical treatment” that prioritizes greater space between trees and the reduction of fuel on the ground. No matter their vocation, folks in the Methow want to protect their home in whatever way they know how.