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Fire, both inevitable and ubiquitous, plays a crucial role in North American ecosystems. But, as necessary as fire is to maintaining healthy ecosystems, it threatens human lives and livelihoods in unacceptable ways. This volume explores the rich yet largely uncharted terrain at the intersection of fire policy, fire science, and fire management in order to find better ways of addressing this pressing dilemma. Written in clear language, it will help scientists, policy makers, and the general public, especially residents of fire-prone areas, better understand where we are today in regard to coping with wildfires, how we got here, and where we need to go. Drawing on abundant historical and analytic information to shed new light on current controversies, "Living with Fire" offers a dynamic new paradigm for coping with fire that recognizes its critical environmental role. The book also tells how we can rebuild the important ecological and political processes that are necessary for finding better ways to cope with fire and with other complex policy dilemmas.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520255890
ISBN-10: 0520255895
Format: Hardback
(210mm x 140mm x 17mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 18-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Sara E. Jensen

Sara E. Jensen is Private Lands Conservation Associate with Defenders of Wildlife. Guy R. McPherson, Professor of Natural Resources and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona, is author of Applied Ecology and Natural Resource Management among other books.