Principles of fire ecology and fire management in relation to the Alaskan environment
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): E. V. Komarek
Editor(s): C. W. Slaughter; R. J. Barney; G. M. Hansen
Publication Year: 1971

Cataloging Information

  • aborigines
  • ash
  • coniferous forests
  • Epilobium
  • fire control
  • fire management
  • forest management
  • lightning
  • lightning caused fires
  • Native Americans
  • Picea glauca
  • Picea mariana
  • Pinus banksiana
  • Pinus clausa
  • Pinus contorta
  • plant communities
  • prehistoric fires
  • recreation
  • serotiny
  • soils
  • storms
  • wildfires
  • wildlife
  • wildlife habitat management
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 45797
Tall Timbers Record Number: 21385
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.32/2:F54 1971
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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Fire ecology is discussed in relation to basic ecological processes; the characteristics of the fire environment are reviewed. Lightning and lightning storms are considered as the primary natural cause of fires in nature. The nature of fire and its relationship to plants, animals, and soils are briefly examined. The effects of fire in Alaska are mentioned in relation to its occurrence before and after occupancy by early man, Eskimo, Indian, and the European. Differences in viewpoint between fire management and fire control are discussed. The need for fire management research in Alaska is stressed in relation to the management of forest, wildlife, watershed, recreation, and urban lands.

Komarek, E. V. 1971. Principles of fire ecology and fire management in relation to the Alaskan environment, in Slaughter, C. W., Barney, R. J., and Hansen, G. M., Fire in the northern environment -- a symposium: proceedings. Fairbanks, AK. USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Forest and Range Experiment Station,Portland, OR. p. 3-22,