Clean air and healthy ecosystems: managing emissions from fires
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Deborah Ulinski Potter; Douglas G. Fox
Editor(s): Peter F. Ffolliott; Leonard F. DeBano; Malchus B. Baker Jr.; Gerald J. Gottfried; Gilberto Solis-Garza; Carleton B. Edminster; Daniel G. Neary; Larry S. Allen; Robert H. Hamre
Publication Year: 1996

Cataloging Information

  • air quality
  • atmospheric dispersion
  • biomass
  • carbon dioxide
  • catastrophic fires
  • chance ignition prescribed fires
  • chemical compounds
  • CO - carbon monoxide
  • coniferous forests
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • forest management
  • grasslands
  • health factors
  • hydrocarbons
  • land management
  • logging
  • Madrean habitats
  • natural resource legislation
  • NEPA - National Environmental Policy Act
  • nitrogen
  • pollutants
  • pollution
  • prescribed natural fire
  • slash
  • smoke management
  • smoke modeling
  • soils
  • US Forest Service
  • water quality
  • wildfire
  • wind
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 14278
Tall Timbers Record Number: 20066
TTRS Location Status: Not in file
TTRS Call Number: A13.88:RM-289
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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After nearly a century of avid fire suppression, land managers are substantially increasing prescribed burning to meet ecosystem management objectives. As scientists and managers we need to accurately quantify the capacity of airsheds to assimilate smoke and related atmospheric pollutants from wildfire and prescribed fire within acceptable limits for air quality. Conversely, we need to quantify increases in ecosystem health that result from prescribed fire, as well as the ecological cost of fire suppression. Resolutions for prescribed burning programs to protect both soil, water and air quality and foster healthy ecosystems are presented. This includes a discussion of revised models and current efforts to quantify how prescribed fire can be used to offset wildfire emissions.

Online Link(s):
Potter, Deborah Ulinski; Fox, Douglas G. 1996. Clean air and healthy ecosystems: managing emissions from fires. Pages 205-216 in: Ffolliott, Peter F.; DeBano, Leonard F.; Baker, Malchus B.; Gottfried, Gerald J.; Solis-Garza, Gilberto; Edminster, Carleton B.; Neary, Daniel G.; Allen, Larry S.; Hamre, R. H. (technical coordinators). Effects of fire on Madrean Province ecosystems: a symposium proceedings. General Technical Report RM-GTR-289. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station.