Gifford Pinchot

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The Relation of Forests and Forest Fires by Gifford Pinchot, with an Introduction by James K. Agee
Pages: 2-11
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0703002

An article by first Chief of the Forest Service, Gifford Pinchot, entitled, The Relation of Forests and Forest Fires, was published in National Geographic in 1899. Pinchot, at the time of article publication, was a forester without a portfolio. He was the Chief of the Bureau of Forestry in the Department of Agriculture, while the forest reserves (later to be renamed national forests) were managed by the Office of Public Lands within the Department of the Interior. In the article, Pinchot shows a remarkable understanding of fire ecology, ranging from the grass stage of the frequently burned longleaf pine, to the even-aged forests of the coastal Pacific Northwest, with their infrequent but stand-replacing fires.  [Read More]

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