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Category: Ecological Research

Title: Smoke from prescribed burning - Issues on public forestlands of the Western United States

Author: * Viers, J.A.

Subject: Communities and fire, Prescribed burns, Ecological Restoration

Abstract: Large wildfires threaten forests and humans alike. Thinning and controlled burning can address many of the forest health and community safety concerns. However, the smoke generated during these burns can be a nuisance, a public health issue, and can have other consequences. As more acres are burned, the public will be faced with more smoke in the air. It is important to understand the importance of and the reasoning behind low-intensity burning, and the issues associated with it. Particularly in the west United States, public forestlands are overgrown and we are confronted with a choice between smaller amounts of smoke more often, or large amounts of smoke less frequentlyeach of these choices carries trade-offs and long-term consequences.

Date: 2005

Type: ERI White papers

Source: ERI - Issues in Forest Restoration

Identifier: 21p.

Publisher: Ecological Restoration Institute/NAU

Format: PDF

Language: English