Workshop summary: who cares about fire history?
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Robert W. Mutch
Editor(s): Marvin A. Stokes; John H. Dieterich
Publication Year: 1980

Cataloging Information

  • Canada
  • CFI - Composite Fire Interval
  • dendrochronology
  • fire frequency
  • fire scars
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park
  • historical fire intervals
  • Jasper National Park
  • Northwest Territories
  • south Florida
  • workshops
  • Zion National Park
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Record Last Modified: November 17, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 2775


Threads of continuity ran through this excellent workshop. The workshop was characterized by an abiding interest in a common terminology, concern about scale (how large, or small, an area can be represented), the resolution of data required to make effective management decisions, recognition of the limitations of fire history information, the cultural, biological and environmental stratification of data, and animated discussions regarding differing methodologies. These threads wove a unifying strength into the workshop's fabric. But some of the participants harbored reservations about the utility of fire history information; thus, the question: Who cares about fire history? This questioning remark was overheard during one of the informal discussion periods, and it is an appropriate one to ask.

Mutch, Robert W. 1980. Workshop summary: who cares about fire history? Pages 138-140 in: Stokes, Marvin A.; Dieterich, John H. (editors), Proceedings of the Fire History Workshop: October 20-24, 1980, Tucson, Arizona. General Technical Report RM-GTR-81. Ft. Collins, CO: US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 142 p.