Forest Fires: A Reference Handbook

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Fire management involves protecting natural resources from fire but also using controlled burning for land management purposes. Who are the stewards of land management and the researchers who devote their entire careers studying fire? How are ecosystems restored after major fires? What are the economic ramifications and what assessment tools are available?

Forest Fires: A Reference Handbook explores the historical, ecological, economic, and social dimensions of wildland combustion and their impacts in North America. Explaining how legislation and public perception have been shaped by historic fires and fire seasons, particular emphasis is placed on the summer of 2000 as a way of understanding and managing future fires.

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"Forest Fires is a 'must' for any serious college-level course on the topic, and for many science holdings."


Midwest Book Review

"The reader needs no special training in forestry or forest fire science to appreciate this book, and anyone interested in forest fires will gain from referencing it. It should be contained in the reference section of all public and school libraries."


American Reference Books Annual

"The purpose of this book is to explore the many dimensions of forest fires and their impacts in North America and elsewhere. Offering insights into current practice and historical precedents, it is aimed at those who seek an overview reference to fire science and management."


National Hazards Observer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851094387
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Series
  • Pages: 366
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Forest fires : in context 1
2 Problems, controversies, solutions 17
3 Chronology 59
4 People and events 77
5 Facts and data 101
6 Directory of agencies and organizations 243
7 Print and nonprint resources 291
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