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Mimicking Nature's Fire: Restoring Fire-Prone Forests in the West

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The magnificent stands of old-growth trees that characterize the forests of western North America depend on periodic fires for their creation or survival. Deprived of that essential disturbance process eventually they die, leaving an overcrowded growth of smaller trees vulnerable to intense blazes and epidemics of insects and disease.

In Mimicking Nature's Fire, forest ecologists Stephen Arno and Carl Fiedler present practical solutions to the pervasive problem of deteriorating forest conditions in western North America. Advocating a new direction in forest management, they explore the promise of "restoration forestry" — an ecologically based approach that seeks to establish forest structures in which fire can once again serve as a beneficial process rather than as a destructive aberration.

The book begins with an overview of fundamentals: why traditional forestry tried to exclude fire from forests, why that attempt failed, and why foresters and ecologists now recognize the need for management based on how natural ecosystems operate. Subsequent chapters consider: how fire's historic role provides a foundation for designing restoration strategies; why a hands-off approach will not return forests to their historical condition; how management goals influence the strategies used in restoration forestry.

The second part of the book presents case studies of restoration projects in the western United States and Canada, representing different forest types, different historic fire regimes, and contrasting management goals. For each project, the authors describe why and how the project is being conducted, profile forest conditions, and describe methods of treatment. They also report what has been accomplished, identify obstacles to restoration, and offer their candid but understanding evaluation. Mimicking Nature's Fire concludes by placing restoration forestry in the broad context of conserving forests worldwide and outlining factors critical for its success.

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In Mimicking Nature's Fire, forest ecologists Stephen Arno and Carl Fiedler present practical solutions to the pervasive problem of deteriorating forest conditions in western North America.

About the Author

Stephen F. Arno, now retired, was research forester with the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station. He is co-author of Flames in Our Forest (Island Press, 2002), and has been restoring his family's uneven-aged ponderosa pine forest for more than 30 years.

Carl E. Fiedler is research professor at the University of Montana. He teaches silviculture, conducts research on uneven-aged management, and presents short courses on silviculture, fire, and restoration forestry throughout the West.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction

 

PART I. Fundamentals

Chapter 2. Ecology's Role in Forest Management

Chapter 3. Knowledge from Historical Fire Regimes

Chapter 4. Can Fire-Prone Forests Heal Themselves?

Chapter 5. Restoration Objectives, Techniques, and Economics

 

PART II. Learning from Experience: Profiles of Restoration Forestry Projects by Forest Type

Chapter 6. Pinyon-Juniper—The Elfin Forest

Chapter 7. Ponderosa Pine/Fir—Research and Demonstration Areas

Chapter 8. Ponderosa Pine/Fir—Forest Management on Public Lands

Chapter 9. Ponderosa Pine/Fir—Privately Owned Conservation Reserves

Chapter 10. Giant Sequoia/Mixed Conifer

Chapter 11. Western Larch/Fir

Chapter 12. Lodge pole Pine

Chapter 13. Whitebark Pine

Chapter 14. Restoring Aspen and Conifers across a Ranger District

Chapter 15. Restoring Fire on a Wilderness Landscape

 

PARTIII. Conclusions

Chapter 16. The Restoration Imperative

 

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About the Authors

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781559631433
Author:
Arno, Stephen F.
Publisher:
Island Press
Author:
Fiedler, Carl E.
Subject:
West (u.s.)
Subject:
Forests & Forestry
Subject:
Fire ecology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology - Forest Ecology
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Fire ecology -- West (U.S.)
Subject:
Forests and forestry -- Fire management.
Subject:
Trees
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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