The benefits of fire to natural ecosystems
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): K. M. Robertson
Publication Year: 2004

Cataloging Information

  • agriculture
  • Aimophila aestivalis
  • Colinus virginianus
  • competition
  • crown fires
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • fire dependent species
  • fire frequency
  • fire injuries (plants)
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • flammability
  • forest management
  • Gopherus polyphemus
  • hardwoods
  • herbicides
  • hunting
  • lightning caused fires
  • litter
  • logging
  • mortality
  • Native Americans
  • nongame birds
  • north Florida
  • nutrients
  • overstory
  • Picoides borealis
  • pine forests
  • Pinus echinata
  • Pinus palustris
  • plant communities
  • plantations
  • Sciurus niger
  • shrubs
  • small mammals
  • surface fires
  • threatened and endangered species (animals)
  • wildfires
  • wood
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 47212
Tall Timbers Record Number: 23117
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Tall Timbers Author File
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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From the text ... 'Fire has been used for many good reasons in addition to natural ecosystem management. Native Americans used fire to open the landscape for hunting, as is done now on many hunting reserves. Fires have been used to clear otherwise shrubby woods for ease of access, for example, for the turpentining business in the Southeastern longleaf pinelands. Fire has been useful in agriculture for clearing the ground of plant debris and releasing nutrients for the next crop. It is also used to burn debris following logging operations and to eliminate hardwood and shrub competition in pine plantations, among other purposes. It is much less expensive than using herbicide to reduce unwanted plants, and therefore it has continued to be used as a management tool in some areas.'

Robertson, K. M. 2004. The benefits of fire to natural ecosystems. Alternate Current: Journal of the Miccosuke Land Co-op, v. 31, no. 13, p. 2.