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The Wildfire Reader: A Century of Failed Forest Policyby George Wuerthner
Synopses & Reviews
Wildfires are an awe-inspiring natural phenomenon that <BR>have shaped North America's landscapes since the dawn <BR>of time. They are a force that we cannot really control, <BR>and thus understanding, appreciating, and learning to <BR>live with wildfire is ultimately our wisest public policy. <BR>With more than 150 dramatic photographs, Wildfire: A <BR>Century of Failed Forest Policy covers the topic of wildfire <BR>from ecological, economic, and social/political perspectives <BR>while also documenting how past forest policies <BR>have hindered natural processes, creating a tinderbox of <BR>problems that we are faced with today. <BR>More than 25 leading thinkers in the field of fire ecology <BR>provide in-depth analyses, critiques, and compelling <BR>solutions for how we live with fire in our society. Using <BR>examples such as the epic Yellowstone fires of 1988, the <BR>ever-present southern California fires, and the <BR>Northwest's Biscuit Fire of 2002, the book examines the <BR>ecology of these landscapes and the policies and practices <BR>that affected them and continue to affect them, such <BR>as fire suppression, prescribed burns, salvage logging, <BR>and land-use planning. Overall, the book aims to promote <BR>the restoration of fire to the landscape and to <BR>encourage its natural behavior so it can resume its role as <BR>a major ecological process.
About the Author
Editor George Wuerthner is a professional photographer
and the author of more than two dozen books on natural
history and other environmental topics. He is currently the
ecological projects director for the Foundation for Deep
Table of Contents
PART I. Wildfire Myths
PART II. Wildfire: Perspectives and Visions
Introduction: Humans and Fire
The Fire of Life: Thinking About the Biological Basis for Fire \ Stephen J. Pyne, Ph.D.
A Spiral Dance: The Necessity of Fire to Wildness \ Mollie Matteson
Fire and Native Peoples: A Natural or Humanized Landscape? \ Thomas R. Vale, Ph.D.
Coyote Wildfire: Evolving Firefighters into Fire Guiders \ Joe Fox, Ph.D.
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