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"The book is a magnificent and magisterial production...Could it be an intellectual foundation for a future national wildfire institute—in Los Alamos?"
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In that line of thinking, wildfire is bad; it steals valuable timber that could have been logged and converted into useful things like paper and houses. Thus the development of a "fire-military-industrial" complex linking the Forest Service to industry and siphoning billions of tax dollars to fight fires on public lands.
Today, ecologists recognize that fire suppression does incalculable damage to forests that have evolved with wildfire, hijacking their natural processes and helping turn them, slowly but surely, into tree farms. Which, not incidentally, is convenient for timber companies hankering to log in public forests, and for land grant universities such as OSU that get a cut of the timber revenue.
In Wildfire, a project of the Foundation for Deep Ecology, more than 25 fire ecology experts — including Eugene's Timothy Ingalsbee — propose that wildfires are good, and that people's attempts to control them ultimately backfire. "While this book is about fire policy and fire ecology, it is also a discussion of a much larger philosophical debate over the ultimate role and influence humans should have on natural landscapes," editor George Wuerthner states in the introduction.
EW was privy to an email string between Big Timber allies reacting to this book. "Makes a feller retch," former OSU forestry professor Mike Newton wrote. "These guys have money," replied Bob Zybach of Oregon Websites and Watersheds, a timber think tank of sorts. "I plan to finger and smudge a copy in the bookstore, and then not buy it," added Lebanon tree farmer Mike Dubrasich, who administers the right-wing forestry blog SOSForests.com.
Their reactions only confirm the deep schism in forestry circles over how to handle wildfire. Those who subscribe to the old utilitarian view are sure to hate Wildfire; those who are deep ecologists, or open to their ideas, are likely to find it a valuable reference. The photos are gorgeous, the writing passionate and the mission clear: Fire Smokey the Bear, and let the forests burn, baby.
"The book is a magnificent and magisterial production...Could it be an intellectual foundation for a future national wildfire institute -- in Los Alamos?"
"there's nothing to compare to it, making it a recommended resource."
|The political decision-making process|
|Deep valuing of wildlands as ecosystems : learning sustainability from the integrity and resilience of natural systems|
|Pt. I||Wildfire : perspectives and visions|
|Introduction : humans and fire||3|
|The fire of life : thinking about the biological basis for fire||5|
|A spiral dance : the necessity of fire to wildness||9|
|Fire and native peoples : a natural or humanized landscape?||13|
|Coyote wildfire : evolving firefighters into fire guiders||19|
|Hot news : media coverage of wildfire||25|
|Incendiary language : how language affects our perceptions||30|
|Don't get hosed : how political framing influences fire policy||33|
|Lifetimes with fire : a place in the wildland interface||37|
|Pt. II||Fire ecology : stories and studies|
|Introduction : fire-adapted landscapes||45|
|The Yellowstone fires of 1988 : a living wilderness||46|
|Fire ecology of the Sierra Nevada : forests born to burn||63|
|Wildfire management on a human-dominated landscape : California chaparral wildfires||69|
|Fire in the Klamath-Siskiyou ecoregion : protecting and restoring the fire mosaic||77|
|Fire in the southwest : a historical context||87|
|Fire in the east : welcoming back a native son||95|
|Applied historical ecology : using the past to manage for the future||99|
|Fire and succession : a critical process for forest bird populations||111|
|Pt. III||The phoenix rises from the ashes : fire and its paradoxes|
|Introduction : fire and rebirth||121|
|How to look and see||122|
|Pt. IV||(Un)healthy forest policy : suppression, salvage, and scurrilous solutions|
|Introduction : vested interests as purveyors of forest health||177|
|Logging and wildfire : ecological differences and the need to preserve large fires||179|
|After the smoke clears : ecological impacts of salvage logging||185|
|Conventional salvage logging : the loss of ecological reason and economic restraint||191|
|Pyro cows : the role of livestock grazing in worsening fire severity||197|
|Pt. V||The new gravy train : the emergence of the fire-military-industrial complex|
|Introduction : the flawed economics of fire suppression||203|
|Avoiding a new "conspiracy of optimism" : the economics of forest fuel reduction strategies||205|
|Money to burn : wildfire and the budget||217|
|The war on wildfire : firefighting and the militarization of forest fire management||223|
|Pt. VI||Eliminating the smokescreen : toward an intelligent fire policy|
|Introduction : learning to live with fire-dependent ecosystems||235|
|Ecological restoration of southwestern ponderosa pine ecosystems : a broad perspective|
|Keep the greenfire burning : deep ecology and prescribed fire||249|
|Sprawling into disaster : the growing impact of rural residential development on wildland fire management in the greater yellowstone area||255|
|Burning down the house : the role of disaster aid in subsidizing catastrophe||261|
|The community protection zone : defending homes and communities from the threat of forest fire||265|
|Pt. VII||Time to retire smokey bear|
|The ultimate firefight : changing hearts and minds||273|
|Smokey the bear sutra||278|