Rocky Mountain Research Station Publications

RMRS Online Publication - Journal Articles, External Publications, and Special Reports
Good fire, bad fire: how to think about forest land management and ecological processes


Kaufmann, Merrill R.; Shlisky, Ayn; Marchand; Peter. 2005. Good fire, bad fire: how to think about forest land management and ecological processes. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 16 p.

The first rule of tinkering is to save all the parts, according to forester, philosopher, and hunter Aldo Leopold. Leopold was thinking about wildfire 50 years ago when he also was questioning his own role in exterminating large predators, wondering how their removal might affect forest ecosystems in the future. Leopold was well ahead of his contemporaries in ecological thought. Like predators, fire cleans and regenerates the systems it touches. A generation later, we're seeing the dramatic consequences of excluding fire from fire-adapted ecosystems. This brochure discusses what you can do:

Start simply. But start.

Keywords: fire, forest land management, forest ecosystems, fire-adapted ecosystems


About PDFs: For best results, do not open the PDF in your Web browser. Right-click on the PDF link to download the PDF file directly to your computer. Click here for more PDF help.


Download Report
http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs_other/rmrs_2005_kaufmann001.pdf

PDF File Size: 1.3 MB


Title: RMRS Other Publications: Good fire, bad fire: how to think about forest land management and ecological processes
Electronic Publish Date: July 11, 2005
Expires: Indefinite
Last Update:
July 14, 2006

RMRS Publications | Order a publication | Contact Us