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Fire Ecology
Volume 9, Issue 2 - 2013
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0902

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Classic Article

The Disappearance of the Tropical Forests of Africa, with an Introduction by Mark A. Cochrane

Author: Andre Marie Aubreville
Pages: 1-13
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0902001

A well-known botanist, André Marie A. Aubréville (1897-1982) was already a decorated veteran of the trench warfare in France during World War I before he ever discovered forestry. After the war, he found his way to the tropics, serving as a forest engineer throughout the French Empire’s vast array of African colonies.

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Forum: Issues, Management, Policy, and Opinions

Opportunities for Improved Fire Use and Management in California: Lessons from Western Australia

Authors: Rick J. Sneeuwjagt, Tim S. Kline, and Scott L. Stephens
Pages: 14-25
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0902014

As the large scale of fuel treatments needed to promote ecosystem health and reduce heavy fuel loads becomes clear in California’s mixed conifer forests, managers are beginning to focus on how to scale up prescribed fire use in order to treat a meaningful portion of the landscape.

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Research Articles

Creating Hotter Fires in the Sonoran Desert: Buffelgrass Produces Copious Fuels and High Fire Temperatures

Authors: Christopher J. McDonald and Guy R. McPherson
Pages: 26-39
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0902026

Buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare [L.] Link) can create a grass-fire cycle in many parts of the world because it is a highly competitive, fire-tolerant grass and can replace less fire-tolerant native plants. Fuel loads, loss of buffelgrass biomass after herbicide treatments, and allometric data of buffelgrass growth were measured across sites in southern Arizona, USA.

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The Influence of Fire on the Radiocarbon Signature and Character of Soil Organic Matter in the Siskiyou National Forest, Oregon, USA

Authors: Katherine Heckman, John L. Campbell, Heath Powers, Beverly E. Law, and Chris Swanston
Pages: 40-56
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0902040

Forest fires contribute a significant amount of CO2 to the atmosphere each year, and CO2 emissions from fires are likely to increase under projected conditions of global climate change. In addition to volatilizing aboveground biomass and litter layers, forest fires have a profound effect on belowground carbon (C) pools and the cycling of soil organic matter as a whole.

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Potential Effects of Disturbance Types and Environmental Variability on Sagebrush-Steppe Community Dynamics

Authors: Louisa B. Evers, Richard F. Miller, and Paul S. Doescher
Pages: 57-79
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0902057

While fire is widely recognized as an important factor shaping sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) ecosystems, little is known about the role other natural events play in these systems.

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The Landfire Refresh Strategy: Updating the National Dataset

Authors: Kurtis J. Nelson, Joel Connot, Birgit Peterson, and Charley Martin
Pages: 80-101
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0902080

The LANDFIRE Program provides comprehensive vegetation and fuel datasets for the entire United States. As with many large-scale ecological datasets, vegetation and landscape conditions must be updated periodically to account for disturbances, growth, and natural succession.

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Contrasting Fire Regimes in a Seasonally Dry Tropical Forest and a Savanna Ecosystem in the Western Ghats, India

Author: Narendran Kodandapani
Pages: 102-115
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0902102

Tropical dry forests and savannas constitute more than half of all tropical forests and grasslands, but little is known about forest fire regimes within these two extensive types of ecosystems. Forest fire regimes in a predominantly dry forest in India, the Nilgiri landscape, and a predominantly savanna ecosystem in the Sathyamangalam landscape, were examined.

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Book Review

Ignition Stories: Indigenous Fire Ecology in the Indo-Australian Monsoon Zone

Author: Don L. Hankins
Page: 116
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0902116

As Indonesia’s forested areas are continually threatened by unsustainable forestry practices and fires, Ignition Stories contributes to our understanding of anthropogenic fires within the region. Cynthia Fowler, an anthropologist, presents the narratives of fire in the Kodi region on the island of Sumba, Indonesia. The text is described as an ethnography of fire amongst the Kodi people.

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