Alternatives for implementing fire policy
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): J. K. Agee
Coordinator(s): J. K. Brown; R. W. Mutch; C. W. Weatherspoon; R. H. Wakimoto
Publication Year: 1995

Cataloging Information

  • Abies lasiocarpa
  • air quality
  • chaparral
  • coniferous forests
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • fire exclusion
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire regimes
  • fire suppression
  • flame length
  • forest management
  • fuel breaks
  • fuel loading
  • fuel management
  • Pinus albicaulis
  • Pinus ponderosa
  • prescribed fires (chance ignition)
  • wilderness fire management
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: August 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 47758
Tall Timbers Record Number: 23746
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.88:INT-320
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We know that the natural fire regimes of park and wilderness ecosystems are extremely variable. Past management practices (primarily fire exclusion), other resource constraints (endangered species, air quality), location and shape of preserves, and new natural fire policy guidelines suggest that natural fire may be either inappropriate because of ecological changes, or impossible because of the plethora of overlying layers of management constraints. The goals of fire plans in natural areas need to be well-defined, and if they cannot be met by natural fire alone, a variety of alternatives are available (prescribed fire, fuel modification) to achieve park and wilderness management objectives.

Agee, J. K. 1995. Alternatives for implementing fire policy, in Brown, J. K., Mutch, R. W., Spoon, C. W., and Wakimoto, R. H., Proceedings: symposium on fire in wilderness and park management. Missoula, MT. USDA Forest Service, Internountain Research Station,Ogden, UT. p. 107-112,General Technical Report INT-GTR-320.