Light burning versus forest management in northern California. Robert J. Boerker (1912) Forestry Quarterly 10(2):184-194
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): C. Miller
Publication Year: 2010

Cataloging Information

  • coniferous forests
  • conservation
  • fire control
  • fire injuries (plants)
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • forest management
  • human caused fires
  • light
  • light burning
  • low intensity burns
  • national forests
  • northern California
  • Pinus ponderosa
  • ponderosa pine
  • rate of spread
  • vegetation surveys
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 48781
Tall Timbers Record Number: 24994
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Journals-J
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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From the text ... '... government land managers who at the beginning of the 20th century began to suppress fire on public lands across northern California. Their intense commitment to fire control was a key feature in their articulation of their professional responsibilities to the timber resources they now managed. To make their case, they used the pages of Forestry Quarterly and its successor, the Journal of Forestry, ... to assert the superiority of their newfound scientific expertise and managerial ethos.Richard H. Boerker's article, 'Light Burning Versus Forest Management in Northern California' (Boerker 1912), is a case in point. In it, he frames what he calls an 'interesting controversy' by pitting light burners against scientifically trained foresters: the former stood for 'shortsighted sacrifice of the future to the present' while the latter embodied 'true conservation' (Boerker 1912, p.184),. Forestry, Boerker assumer, was the future.' © 2010 by the Society of American Foresters. Abstract reproduced by permission.

Online Link(s):
Miller, C. 2010. Light burning versus forest management in northern California. Robert J. Boerker (1912) Forestry Quarterly 10(2):184-194. Journal of Forestry, v. 108, no. 1, p. 45.