Carrying the torch
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): J. Ackerman
Publication Year: 1993

Cataloging Information

  • backfires
  • catastrophic fires
  • cones
  • coniferous forests
  • crown fires
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • education
  • fire adaptations (plants)
  • fire equipment
  • fire frequency
  • fire hazard reduction
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • firing techniques
  • flatwoods
  • Florida
  • forest management
  • general interest
  • grasslands
  • headfires
  • invasive species
  • land management
  • liability
  • mopping up
  • Native Americans
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • pine forests
  • Pinus banksiana
  • Pinus contorta
  • public information
  • Sequoiadendron giganteum
  • smoke effects
  • surface fires
  • Tall Timbers Research Station
  • tallgrass prairies
  • topography
  • vegetation surveys
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 41072
Tall Timbers Record Number: 15931
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File-A
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

This bibliographic record was either created or modified by the Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy and is provided without charge to promote research and education in Fire Ecology. The E.V. Komarek Fire Ecology Database is the intellectual property of the Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.


From the text...'Big gaps still exist in the understanding of fire ecology, especially the seasonal aspects. Fire can have profoundly different effects on soil, plants and animals depending on when it occurs. Oftentimes the most ecological gain comes from burning during the natural fire season, when state officials hesitate to set their lands ablaze for fear of wildfire. ...Can prescribed fires serve the same purpose as natural fires? What do we do about lands in urban settings (such as many of those owned by the Nature Conservancy) where liability concerns often prevent managers from letting fires burn? Although we may not have the answers to all of these questions about fire, we've come a long way since the early days of Smokey Bear. 'We're entering a new phase,' says Roy Myers, 'considering whether to relinquish some of our hard-won control over fire by returning to more ecologically appropriate fire regimes.''

Ackerman, J. 1993. Carrying the torch. Nature Conservancy, v. 43, no. 5, p. 16-23.