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Wildfire Reader: A Century of Failed Forest Management
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  • Paperback
  • Aug.04.2006
  • 9781597260879

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Fire, paradoxically, is an integral part of healthy forest ecosystems. The biggest problem with wildland fire is suppression, not burning. After a century of aggressive fire suppression, we now see clearly that fire is as integral to forests as soils, sun, wind, water, insects, snow, ice and other natural processes. It was the European invasion that labeled fire as "bad," and Disney and Bambi who drove the message home. It is only through the dedicated work of scientists and wildland managers in places like Sequoia-Kings Canyon, Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks since 1970 that we have begun to understand the basic role of fire. The Leopold Commission in the early 1950s clearly identified the potential for large fires from all the biomass that was and continues to build up. There is still a large residue of citizens--especially politicians--who label...
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Fire, paradoxically, is an integral part of healthy forest ecosystems. The biggest problem with wildland fire is suppression, not burning. After a century of aggressive fire suppression, we now see clearly that fire is as integral to forests as soils, sun, wind, water, insects, snow, ice and other natural processes.

It was the European invasion that labeled fire as "bad," and Disney and Bambi who drove the message home. It is only through the dedicated work of scientists and wildland managers in places like Sequoia-Kings Canyon, Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks since 1970 that we have begun to understand the basic role of fire. The Leopold Commission in the early 1950s clearly identified the potential for large fires from all the biomass that was and continues to build up.

There is still a large residue of citizens--especially politicians--who label fire as "bad," and don't understand the role of fire in healthy, resilant, durable ecosystems. This book is a must for the public, resource managers and policy makers.

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Faced with a massive natural disturbance like a wildlands fire, politicians cannot just sit idly by. No sir, they've got to get out that good wrench and be seen asfixing the problem! This is especially true in the age of the modern media--the 24/7 "infotainment industry" that looks for drama and action and showers coverage on politicians who provide them.

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About Les

Les AuCoin, a retired nine-term U.S. Congressman from Oregon, is an author, essayist, ex-newspaper columnist, and public radio commentator.  He was a co-author of the...

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