Flames in Our Forest : Disaster or Renewal? / Edition 1

Flames in Our Forest : Disaster or Renewal? / Edition 1

by Stephen F. Arno, Stephen Allison-Bunnell
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1559638834

ISBN-13: 9781559638838

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: Island Press

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,

Overview

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:

  • the history of American perceptions and uses of fire in the forest
  • how forest fires burn
  • effects of fire on the soil, water, and air
  • methods for uncovering the history and effects of past fires
  • prescribed fire and fuel treatments for different zones in the landscape

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559638838
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

About Island Press,
Title Page,
Copyright Page,
Preface,
The Forester's Perspective (Stephen Arno),
The Science Writer's Journey (Steven Allison-Bunnell),
Acknowledgments,
Chapter 1 - Introduction: Why Learn about Fire?,
Chapter 2 - Mixed Signals: A Brief History of American Perceptions of Fire,
Chapter 3 - Fire on the Landscape: Past, Present, and Future,
Chapter 4 - Fire Behavior: Why and How Fire Burns,
Chapter 5 - Nature's Creative Force: How Fire Shapes the Forest,
Chapter 6 - Different Forests, Different Fires,
Chapter 7 - Environmental Impacts: Fire's Influence on Soils, Water, and Air,
Chapter 8 - Fire History: Discovering Effects of Past Fires in a Forest,
Chapter 9 - Fire-Prone Forests: Can We Adapt to Them?,
Chapter 10 - Restoring Nature's Creative Force,
Chapter 11 - Managing Wildland Fuels around Homes,
Chapter 12 - Lessons from Nature: Will We Learn?,
Appendix - Getting Help: Information and Educational Resources for Forest Landowners,
References,
About the Authors,
Index,
Island Press Board of Directors,

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