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Quantifying the consequences of fire suppression in two California national parks

Posted date: December 04, 2009
Publication Year: 
2009
Authors: Miller, Carol L.; Davis, Brett
Publication Series: 
Miscellaneous Publication
Source: The George Wright Forum. 26(1): 76-88.

Abstract

Excluding fire can have untold ecological effects. Decades of fire suppression in national parks and other protected areas have altered natural fire regimes, vegetation, and wildlife habitat (Chang 1996; Keane et al. 2002). Management actions to suppress lightning-ignited wildfires removes one of the most important natural processes from fire-dependent ecosystems, and yet resource specialists currently have no way of measuring or monitoring the effects of these actions.

Citation

Miller, Carol; Davis, Brett. 2009. Quantifying the consequences of fire suppression in two California national parks. The George Wright Forum. 26(1): 76-88.