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Shaped by fire for thousands of years, the forests of the western United States are as adapted to periodic fires as they are to the region's soils and climate. Our widespread practice of ignoring the vital role of fire is costly in both ecological and economic terms, with consequences including the decline of important fire-dependent tree and undergrowth species, increasing density and stagnation of forests, epidemics of insects and diseases, and the high potential for severe wildfires.

Flames in Our Forest explains those problems and presents viable solutions to them. It explores the underlying historical and ecological reasons for the problems associated with our attempts to exclude fire and examines how some of the benefits of natural fire can be restored Chapters consider: •the history of American perceptions and uses of fire in the forest •how forest fires burn •effects of fire on the soil, water, and air •methods for uncovering the history and effects of past fires •prescribed fire and fuel treatments for different zones in the landscape

Flames in Our Forest presents a new picture of the role of fire in maintaining forests, describes the options available for restoring the historical effects of fires, and considers the implications of not doing so. It will help readers appreciate the importance of fire in forests and gives a nontechnical overview of the scientific knowledge and tools available for sustaining western forests by mimicking and restoring the effects of natural fire regimes.

Book News Annotation:

Arno and Allison-Bunnell provide a nontechnical account of the story of fire in the western forests of the U.S., based on current scientific knowledge and experience. They explore the importance of fire to forests, and ways in which some of the benefits of natural fire can be restored, including the creative use and suppression of fires that occur, prescribed burning, management of forest fuels, the art and science of forest management, and ways to make forest homes and their surroundings more resistant to fire. Arno was a research forester with the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station in Missoula; Allison-Bunnell is a science writer and educational multimedia producer based in Missoula.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Flames in Our Forest explores the underlying historical and ecological reasons for the problems associated with our attempts to exclude fire and examines how some of the benefits of natural fire can be restored. The book also offers candid commentary on wildland fire management practices and policies.

Synopsis:

Shaped by fire for thousands of years, the forests of the western United States are as adapted to periodic fires as they are to the region's soils and climate. Our widespread practice of ignoring the vital role of fire is costly in both ecological and economic terms, with consequences including the decline of important fire-dependent tree and undergrowth species, increasing density and stagnation of forests, epidemics of insects and diseases, and the high potential for severe wildfires. Flames in Our Forest explains those problems and presents viable solutions to them.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Why Learn about Fire?

Wildland Forests and Their Fires

Eliminating Fire

Understanding Fire in the Forest

Restoring Fire

Mixed Signals: A Brief History of American

Perceptions of Fire

Accepting Risk and Adapting to Fire: Ancient Times

10 1910

Suppression versus Light Burning: 1910 to 1935

The War on Fire and the Rise of Prescribed Burning:

1935 to 1978

Foresters Accept Fire, Society Resists: 1978 to Present

Managing Fuels and Fire or Unwinnable War: The Future

Fire on the Landscape: Past, Present,

and Future

Fires in the Past: Widespread Burning

Recent and Future Fires: An Upward Trend

Fire Behavior: Why and How Fire Burns

The Combustion Triangle

Fuels

Heat

Oxygen

The Fire Behavior Triangle

Wildland Fuels

Weather

Topography

Types of Fire

Fire Effects in a Stand

Fire Effects on the Landscape

Thinking about Fire Behavior

Nature's Creative Force: How Fire Shapes

the Forest

Adaptations of Trees

Fire-Susceptible Trees

Generalists

Fire-Dependent Trees

Adaptations of Undergrowth Plants

Survivors

Colonizers

Effects on Wildlife

Different Forests, Different Fires

Understory Fire Regime

Ponderosa Pine

Oregon White Oak

Redwood

Mixed Fire Regime

Mixed Conifer

Coastal Douglas-Fir

Inland Douglas-Fir

Lodgepole Pine

Ponderosa Pine

Ponderosa Pine Riparian

Stand-Replacement Fire Regime

Coastal Douglas-Fir

Lodgepole Pine

Whitebark Pine

Importance of Fire Regimes

Environmental Impacts: Fire's Influence

on Soils, Water, and Air

Fire and Erosion

Fire and Stream Habitat

Fire and Soil Fertility

Maintaining Native Plant Communities

Rehabilitation to Prevent Erosion

Fire and Air Pollution

Managing Fire's Impacts

Fire History: Discovering Effects of Past Fires

in a Forest

A Bygone Forest

History in an Ancient Stump

Looking for Clues

The Merits of Stumps

Single Fire Scars

Multiple Fire Scars

Sampling Stumps

Fire-Initiated Age Classes of Trees

Reconstructing Old Forests

Practical Use of Fire History

Fire-Prone Forests: Can We Adapt

to Them?

Prophets of Prescribed Fire

Forestry Accepts Fire, but Other Barriers Emerge

Fuels Management

The Residential Forest

The General Forest

Wilderness and Natural Areas

Our Progress Report

Restoring Nature's Creative Force

The "No Action" Alternative

Juggling Natural Fires

Hazard Reduction Zones

Forested Fuelbreaks

Area-Wide Fuel Reduction

Insight from Fire Effects

Creative Concepts for Forest Restoration

Managing Wildlife Fuels

around Homes

The Surviving Home in a Seared Forest

At Home in the Fire-Dependent Woods

Protecting the Homesite

Protecting the Home Forest

Restoration Methods

Uneven-aged Management Around Homes

Fuel Treatments

Rewards for the Homeowner

Lessons from Nature: Will We Learn?

The Choice of Fire Exclusion

A Chance to Reconsider

If We Stick with Fire Exclusion

Wildlife Emergencies

Environmental Damage

Wasted Money

If We Choose Responsible Action

Appendix: Getting Help: Information and Educational Resources

for Forest Landowners

References

About the Authors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781559638838
Author:
Arno, Stephen F.
Author:
Allison-Bunnell, Steven
Author:
Allison-Bunnell, Stephen
Author:
Allison-Bunnell, Stephen
Publisher:
Island Press
Location:
Washington, D.C.
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Fire Science
Subject:
Forests & Forestry
Subject:
Ecology - Forest Ecology
Subject:
Forests and forestry
Subject:
Forest fires
Subject:
Fire ecology
Subject:
Agriculture - Forestry
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology - Forest Ecology
Subject:
Fire ecology -- West (U.S.)
Subject:
Forest fires -- Environmental aspects.
Subject:
Trees
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
107-56
Publication Date:
20020431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Flames in Our Forest explores the underlying historical and ecological reasons for the problems associated with our attempts to exclude fire and examines how some of the benefits of natural fire can be restored. The book also offers candid commentary on wildland fire management practices and policies.
"Synopsis" by , Shaped by fire for thousands of years, the forests of the western United States are as adapted to periodic fires as they are to the region's soils and climate. Our widespread practice of ignoring the vital role of fire is costly in both ecological and economic terms, with consequences including the decline of important fire-dependent tree and undergrowth species, increasing density and stagnation of forests, epidemics of insects and diseases, and the high potential for severe wildfires. Flames in Our Forest explains those problems and presents viable solutions to them.
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