Ecological principles, shifting fire regimes and management considerations
Document Type: Book Chapter
Author(s): James K. Brown
Editor(s): James K. Brown; Jane Kapler Smith
Publication Year: 2000

Cataloging Information

  • Artemisia
  • biomass
  • Bromus tectorum
  • catastrophic fires
  • chaparral
  • climatology
  • coniferous forests
  • cover type conversion
  • decay
  • decomposition
  • disturbance
  • Douglas-fir
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • ecosystem management
  • fine fuels
  • fire adaptations
  • fire dependent species
  • fire frequency
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire regimes
  • fire research
  • fire sensitive plants
  • fire suppression
  • forbs
  • forest management
  • fuel accumulation
  • fuel management
  • grasses
  • grasslands
  • grazing
  • human caused fires
  • hydrology
  • introduced species
  • land management
  • land use
  • landscape ecology
  • lightning caused fires
  • mesic soils
  • microclimate
  • mortality
  • mosaic
  • natural areas management
  • perennial plant
  • Pinus ponderosa
  • plant communities
  • plant growth
  • ponderosa pine
  • post-fire recovery
  • Pseudotsuga menziesii
  • range management
  • rangelands
  • regeneration
  • runoff
  • savannas
  • season of fire
  • shrublands
  • species diversity
  • stand characteristics
  • succession
  • understory vegetation
  • wilderness fire management
  • wildfires
  • wildlife
  • wildlife habitat management
  • woody plants
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This chapter presents a broader, more fundamental view of the ecological principles and shifting fire regimes described in the previous chapters that have important implications for ecosystem management. Also included are strategies and approaches for managing fire in an ecosystem management context and sources of technical knowledge that can assist in this process. Research needs are also described. The ecological fundamentals that underlie the effects of fire on flora and fuels can be described under four broad principles: 1. Fire will occur with irregular pattern depending on climate. 2. Diversity of species and vegetation pattern depends on fire diversity. 3. Fire initiates and influences ecological processes such as regeneration, growth and mortality, decomposition, nutrient fluxes, hydrology, and wildlife activity. 4. Humans exert a commanding influence on ecosystems by igniting and suppressing fire.

Online Link(s):
Brown, James K. 2000. Ecological principles, shifting fire regimes and management consideration. Pages 185-203 In: Brown, James K.; Smith, Jane Kapler (Ed.). Wildland fire in ecosystems: effects of fire on flora. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.