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Managing fire-prone forests in the western United States

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dc.contributor North American Section of the Society for Conservation Biology en
dc.contributor Wilburforce Foundation en
dc.contributor 444 S Foundation en
dc.creator Noss, Reed F.
dc.creator Franklin, Jerry F.
dc.creator Baker, William L.
dc.creator Schoennagel, Tania
dc.creator Moyle, Peter B.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-11T22:42:22Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-11T22:42:22Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.citation Noss, R. F., Franklin, J. F., Baker, W. L., Schoennagel, T., & Moyle, P. B. (2006). Managing fire-prone forests in the western United States. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 4(9), 481-487. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/17522
dc.description.abstract The management of fire-prone forests is one of the most controversial natural resource issues in the US today, particularly in the west of the country. Although vegetation and wildlife in these forests are adapted to fire, the historical range of fire frequency and severity was huge. When fire regimes are altered by human activity, major effects on biodiversity and ecosystem function are unavoidable. We review the ecological science relevant to developing and implementing fire and fuel management policies for forests before, during, and after wildfires. Fire exclusion led to major deviations from historical variability in many dry, low-elevation forests, but not in other forests, such as those characterized by high severity fires recurring at intervals longer than the period of active fire exclusion. Restoration and management of fire-prone forests should be precautionary, allow or mimic natural fire regimes as much as possible, and generally avoid intensive practices such as post-fire logging and planting. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher TheEcological Society of America en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Vol. 4 (2006) en
dc.title Managing fire-prone forests in the western United States en
dc.type Article en
dc.description.peerreview yes en


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