Elers Koch

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Publications in Fire Ecology

The Passing of the Lolo Trail, with an Introduction by Andrew J. Larson
Pages: 1-12
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.1201001

In 1935, Elers Koch argued in a Journal of Forestry article that a minimum fire protection model should be implemented in the backcountry areas of national forests in Idaho, USA.  As a USDA Forest Service Supervisor and Assistant Regional Forester, Koch had led many major fire-fighting campaigns in the region, beginning with the great 1910 fires of Idaho and Montana.  He argued in his classic article for wilderness values, and against throwing millions of dollars into unsuccessful attempts to suppress backcountry fires.  [Read More]

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