After the Fires: The Ecology of Change in Yellowstone National Park

After the Fires: The Ecology of Change in Yellowstone National Park

by Linda L. Wallace
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300100485

ISBN-13: 9780300100488

Pub. Date: 07/10/2004

Publisher: Yale University Press

"The ravaging fires in Yellowstone National Park in 1988 have been the subject of intense study, for Yellowstone, the world's first national park, is often considered a paradigm for park and wildlands management issues in other parts of the world. This book provides the first comprehensive scientific summary of the actual response of the Yellowstone ecosystem to the…  See more details below

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"The ravaging fires in Yellowstone National Park in 1988 have been the subject of intense study, for Yellowstone, the world's first national park, is often considered a paradigm for park and wildlands management issues in other parts of the world. This book provides the first comprehensive scientific summary of the actual response of the Yellowstone ecosystem to the fires." Written by leading experts in wildlife biology, ecosystem science, landscape ecology, and forest science, the book is the result of careful analysis of data, rather than of emotional responses to blackened vistas. It shows clearly that ecological components of the system are interactive - that, for example, changes in what kinds of materials lie on the bottom of streambeds affect how debris flows downstream. The book also presents surprises: some things did not change in response to the fires. Areas that were forested before the fires grew back as forests following the fires; elk and bison population survival has been more closely tied to the severity of winter weather than to the fire severity. The largest effects of the fires were felt at the smallest scales, and the long-term devastation predicted as the park burned did not come to pass. The resilience of this naturally functioning ecosystem to these huge fires has important lessons for us and for our more heavily managed landscapes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300100488
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
07/10/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1The fires of 1988 : a chronology and invitation to research3
2Postglacial fire, vegetation, and climate history of the Yellowstone-Lamar and Central Plateau provinces, Yellowstone National Park10
3Yellowstone fires and the physical landscape29
4Establishment, growth, and survival of lodgepole pine in the first decade55
5Fire effects, elk, and ecosystem resilience in Yellowstone's sagebrush grasslands102
6Elk biology and ecology before and after the Yellowstone fires of 1988117
7Effects of wildfire on growth of cutthroat trout in Yellowstone Lake143
8Stream ecosystem responses to fire : the first ten years165
9Food web dynamics in Yellowstone streams : shifts in the trophic basis of a stream food web after wildfire disturbance189
10Role of fire in determining annual water yield in mountain watersheds200
11Early postfire forest succession in the heterogenous teton landscape235
12Snags and coarse woody debris : an important legacy of forests in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem279
13Fire patterns and ungulate survival in Northern Yellowstone Park : the results of two independent models299
14Ten years after the 1988 Yellowstone fires : is restoration needed?318
15Epilogue : after the fires, what have we learned?362

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