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Fire Ecology
Volume 10, Issue 1 - 2014
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.1001

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Classic Article

Fire as an Ecological and Silvicultural Factor, with an Introduction by Jan W. van Wagtendonk

Author: Harold Weaver
Pages: 1-13
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.1001001

I first met Harold Weaver in 1968, a year after he had retired from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He had just finished his morning run (barefoot, at that!) and was resting beneath a giant sequoia at Whitaker’s Forest, a University of California, Berkeley, forest reserve adjacent to Kings Canyon National Park. He was there at the behest of Harold Biswell, my major professor at Berkeley. Dr. Biswell had a list of required reading for his neophyte fire ecologists that included “Fire as an Ecological and Silvicultural Factor in the Ponderosa Pine Region of the Pacific Slope” that Harold Weaver had published in the Journal of Forestry in 1943.

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Research Articles

Northern Rockies Pyrogeography: An Example of Fire Atlas Utility

Authors: Penelope Morgan, Emily K. Heyerdahl, Carol Miller, Aaron M. Wilson, and Carly E. Gibson
Pages: 14-30
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.1001014

We demonstrated the utility of digital fire atlases by analyzing forest fire extent across cold, dry, and mesic forests, within and outside federally designated wilderness areas during three different fire management periods: 1900 to 1934, 1935 to 1973, and 1974 to 2008. We updated an existing atlas with a 12 070 086 ha recording area in Idaho and Montana, USA, west of the Continental Divide, 81 % of which is forested.

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Post-Fire Seeding in Western United States Forests: Perspectives of Resource Managers

Authors: Donna L. Peppin, Anne L. Mottek-Lucas, and Peter Z. Fulé
Pages: 31-42
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.1001031

Recent reviews have brought into question the effectiveness of post-fire seeding in mitigating soil erosion and non-native plant invasions, yet millions of dollars continue to be spent annually on post-fire seeding as a primary post-fire rehabilitation response. Overall policy development and implementation direction regarding post-fire rehabilitation treatments rests heavily on national- and regional-level natural resource managers.

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Survival and Recovery Following Wildfire in the Southern Range of the Coast Redwood Forest

Authors: Rachel Lazzeri-Aerts and Will Russell
Pages: 43-55
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.1001043

Fire plays a central role in determining structure, composition, and recruitment in many forest types. In coast redwood forests, the role of fire is not well understood and scant literature exists on post-fire response, particularly in the southern part of the range. In order to better understand patterns of survival and recruitment following fire for coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens [lamb. ex D. Don] Endl.) and associated tree species, three sites in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California, USA, were sampled following wildfire.

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Intercomparison of Fire Size, Fuel Loading, Fuel Consumption, and Smoke Emissions Estimates on the 2006 Tripod Fire, Washington, USA

Authors: Stacy A. Drury, Narasimhan (Sim) Larkin, Tara T. Strand, ShihMing Huang, Scott J. Strenfel, Theresa E. O'Brien, and Sean M. Raffuse
Pages: 56-83
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.1001056

Land managers rely on prescribed burning and naturally ignited wildfires for ecosystem management, and must balance trade-offs of air quality, carbon storage, and ecosystem health. A current challenge for land managers when using fire for ecosystem management is managing smoke production. Smoke emissions are a potential human health hazard due to the production of fine particulate matter (PM2.5), carbon monoxide (CO), and ozone (O3) precursors. In addition, smoke emissions can impact transportation safety and contribute to regional haze issues.

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Book Reviews

Vegetation Fires and Global Change

Author: David L. Peterson
Pages: 84-85
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.1001084

Scientific syntheses on wildfire and fire use over the past 30 years have typically been conducted at sub-continental scales, often focused on specific topics such as ecological effects. Vegetation Fires and Global Change is a rare attempt to pull together concepts, patterns, and trends of wildfire throughout the world, covering a broad range of mostly biophysical issues. Targeted at internationally relevant themes and proposed actions, this ambitious undertaking is comprised of nearly 400 pages and 25 chapters, with contributions from 58 different authors.

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Fire in Mediterranean Ecosystems: Ecology, Evolution and Management

Author: David L. Peterson
Pages: 86-87
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.1001086

During the past decade, the media have reported on many wildfire “disasters” in mediterranean regions of the world, typically highly populated areas of California (USA), Australia, and Europe. These fires cause significant economic losses through the destruction of homes and other structures, and not infrequently result in loss of human life. It is this socioeconomic context that makes mediterranean fire such a relevant topic. Fire in Mediterranean Ecosystems: Ecology, Evolution and Management literally defines the scientific scope and content of mediterranean fire ecology at the global scale.

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Fire on Earth: An Introduction

Author: Leda N. Kobziar
Pages: 88-91
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.1001088

I’d just returned from sabbatical in Spain and was suffering the disillusionment that accompanies reentry into a less exotic work environment. The first few pages of Fire on Earth: An Introduction produced the first jab of inspiration I’d felt in weeks. Yes, we have broadly neglected fire in our intellectual disciplines for hundreds of years! Yes, there is no greater integrating and influential force than fire! Yes, I think I actually want to read this 400+ page book cover to cover!

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