Prescribed Burning in California Wildlands Vegetation Management

Author: Harold Biswell
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520219457
Release Date: 1999-08-31
Genre: Nature

Harold Biswell's decades of research and field experience were a major factor in developing policies of controlled or prescribed burning, which mimics or reintroduces the natural fire cycle. This comprehensive study introduces the principles and practices of prescribed burning, which apply far beyond California, within a historical and ecological perspective. Available for the first time in paperback, with a new foreword by James Agee, this book places Biswell's study—and his legacy—in the context of recent developments in the field.

Blazing Heritage

Author: Hal Rothman
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780195311167
Release Date: 2007-04-12
Genre: History

This volume explores how the National Parks shaped United States' federal fire management policies. Starting in 1886, the military arrived in Yellowstone National Park to guard the area and fight fires. Unlike the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, created in 1916, never had the resources to fight wildfires, and an uneasy contention between the two existed for decades. College-educated scientists emerged in the postwar years with ecological studies and conceived the not-so-new notion of fire as a management tool. Since fire was a natural part of the ecosystem, prescribed burning and "let burn" responses were implemented-with varying degrees of success. The author recounts different scenarios, including the 1988 Yellowstone fires that caused immense debate among scientists and politicians and the "Armageddon" in 2000, when a prescribed fire burned out of control near Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico.

Fire in California s Ecosystems

Author: Jan W. van Wagtendonk
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520961913
Release Date: 2018-06-08
Genre: Science

Fire in California’s Ecosystems describes fire in detail—both as an integral natural process in the California landscape and as a growing threat to urban and suburban developments in the state. Written by many of the foremost authorities on the subject, this comprehensive volume is an ideal authoritative reference tool and the foremost synthesis of knowledge on the science, ecology, and management of fire in California. Part One introduces the basics of fire ecology, including overviews of historical fires, vegetation, climate, weather, fire as a physical and ecological process, and fire regimes, and reviews the interactions between fire and the physical, plant, and animal components of the environment. Part Two explores the history and ecology of fire in each of California's nine bioregions. Part Three examines fire management in California during Native American and post-Euro-American settlement and also current issues related to fire policy such as fuel management, watershed management, air quality, invasive plant species, at-risk species, climate change, social dynamics, and the future of fire management. This edition includes critical scientific and management updates and four new chapters on fire weather, fire regimes, climate change, and social dynamics.


Author: Stephen J. Pyne
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 9780295803272
Release Date: 2011-07-01
Genre: Technology & Engineering

"The fate of humanity, like the fate of the earth, is tied to the fires that have made the world as we know it�the fires whose history is told as well in this book as it has ever been told before. If one wants to understand just how completely the story of the human past is also the story of fire on earth, there is no better place to start than this small book."�William Cronon Here, in one concise book, is the essential story of fire. Noted environmental historian Stephen J. Pyne describes the evolution of fire through prehistoric and historic times down to the present, examining contemporary attitudes from a long-range, informed perspective. Fire: A Brief History surveys the principles behind aboriginal and agricultural fire practices, the characteristics of urban fire, and the relationship between controlled combustion and technology. Pyne describes how fire�s role in cities, suburbs, exurbs, and wildlands has been shaped by an industrialized, urban way of thinking. Fire: A Brief History will be of value to readers interested in the environment from the standpoint of anthropology, geography, forestry, science and technology, history, or the humanities.

Integrated Forest Vegetation Management

Author: British Columbia. Ministry of Forests
ISBN: WISC:89058821828
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Brush

Contains papers and summaries of posters presented at a workshop held to provide field practitioners and researchers with current information about treatment options available for forest vegetation management, and to discuss the application of integrated pest management concepts to forest vegetation management. Topics of papers include silvicultural systems, prescribed burning, mechanical site preparation, forest vegetation management trends, chemical and manual treatments, cover crops, mulching, the use of sheep, weed management, biodiversity, and worker safety.

FRDA Report

ISBN: MINN:31951P00502864C
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Forests and forestry

Fire in California s Ecosystems

Author: Neil G. Sugihara
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520246058
Release Date: 2006-11-29
Genre: History

"Fire in California's Ecosystems provides a rigorous synthesis and review of the role of fire in California's tremendously variable natural environments. The authors have made a substantial contribution to the fields of fire ecology, natural history, and land stewardship. With this volume, California again shines as a model for other states and regions."—Dr. J. Morgan Varner, Humboldt State University "Fire in California's Ecosystems proficiently explains the complex nature of the effects of wildfire, wildfire suppression, and fuels treatments on our state's diverse fauna and flora. This book is a useful tool for biologists seeking to develop effective management measures to maintain fire-dependent ecosystems or to conduct further research."—Monica Bond, Wildlife Biologist, Center for Biological Diversity