Flames in Our Forest: Disaster Or Renewal?
Shaped by fire for thousands of years, the forests of the western United States are as adapted to periodic fires as they are to the region's soils and climate. Our widespread practice of ignoring the vital role of fire is costly in both ecological and economic terms, with consequences including the decline of important fire-dependent tree and undergrowth species, increasing density and stagnation of forests, epidemics of insects and diseases, and the high potential for severe wildfires.
Flames in Our Forest explains those problems and presents viable solutions to them. It explores the underlying historical and ecological reasons for the problems associated with our attempts to exclude fire and examines how some of the benefits of natural fire can be restored Chapters consider:
Flames in Our Forest presents a new picture of the role of fire in maintaining forests, describes the options available for restoring the historical effects of fires, and considers the implications of not doing so. It will help readers appreciate the importance of fire in forests and gives a nontechnical overview of the scientific knowledge and tools available for sustaining western forests by mimicking and restoring the effects of natural fire regimes.
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Fire on the Landscape Past Present and Future
Fire Behavior Why and How Fire Burns
Natures Creative Force How Fire Shapes the Forest
Different Forests Different Fires
Environmental Impacts Fires Influence on Soils Water and Air
Fire History Discovering Effects of Past Fires in a Forest
Restoring Natures Creative Force
Managing Wildland Fuels around Homes
Lessons from Nature Will We Learn?
Getting Help Information and Educational Resources for Forest Landowners
About the Authors
Island Press Board of Directors 2002
FireProne Forests Can We Adapt to Them?