Perspective: Prescribed Fire Is Not the Issue

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Category: Ecological Research

Title: Perspective: Prescribed Fire Not the Issue

Author: * Covington, W.W.

Subject: Ecological Restoration, Prescribed burns

Abstract: We cannot bury our heads in the sand any longer. Los Alamos, Flagstaff, Storm King - western forest landscapes and human communities have been ravaged by preventable catastrophic fires. Does it matter whether the fires were prescribed, accidental, or caused by lightning? Is that the issue? Not really - in fact arguing about who starts a fire is unproductive. All of use caused the fires. We caused them by allowing our forests to become so overstocked with trees that they exceeded the carrying capacity of the land. The real question is: How do we overcome the barriers that prevent the restoration of western forest landscapes, especially in our increasingly vulnerable ponderosa pine and lower mixed conifer forests?

Date: 2000

Type: Journal

Source: Journal of Forestry

Identifier: 98 (8):48

Publisher: Society of American Foresters

Format: PDF

Language: English