Ecological impact of chemical fire retardants: a review
Document Type: Book
Author(s): G. W. Douglas
Publication Year: 1974

Cataloging Information

  • biogeochemical cycles
  • Canada
  • chemical compounds
  • chemistry
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • fire management
  • fire retardants
  • fire suppression
  • fire suppression (aerial)
  • forest management
  • land management
  • toxicity
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: July 27, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 39225
Tall Timbers Record Number: 13864
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: CAN DOCS Report NOR - X - 109 DDW
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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The use of chemical fire retardants in forest ecosystems creates a number of potential problems in land management. The properties, application, and known side-effects of chemical retardants are therefore reviewed from the point of view of ecological impact. Guidelines for the use of retardants are required; they should be based on present knowledge of ecological impact and on results of further research into toxic effects on aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, dispersal of retardants, etc.

Douglas, G. W. 1974. Ecological impact of chemical fire retardants: a review. Report NOR - X - 109. Edmonton, Alberta, Canadian Forestry Service, Department of the Environment, Northern Forest Research Center.