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Flames in Our Forest by Stephen F. Arno
Book DescriptionShaped 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781559638838
(229mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Island Press
Publisher: Island Press
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Stephen F. Arno
Mimicking Nature's Fire, Paperback (March 2005)
Shows 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.
Flames in Our Forest, Hardback (April 2002)» View all books by Stephen F. Arno
This text explains the problem of ignoring the vital role of fire in maintaining forests, and presents viable solutions. Chapters consider how forest fires burn; the effects of fire on soil, water and air; and prescribed fire and fuel treatments for different zones in the landscape.
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Author Biography - Stephen F. Arno
Stephen F. Arno, now retired, was research forester with the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station in Missoula, Montana. He is co-editor of Whitebark Pine Communities, (Island Press, 2000). Steven Allison-Bunnell is a science writer and educational multimedia producer based in Missoula, Montana.
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