How to integrate fire with land use planning and management - a process
Document Type: Report
Author(s): Richard J. Barney
Publication Year: 1977

Cataloging Information

  • fire
  • fire management
  • land management
  • land managers
  • land use planning
  • resources
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Record Last Modified: December 13, 2016
FRAMES Record Number: 5528


A process concept for integrating fire into land use planning is discussed. A general planning process includes: identify issues, set objectives, gather information, develop alternatives, select alternative, feedback and adjust selection, develop implementation plans. Fire management is defined and considered to be a philosophy, a concept or principle of management rather than an activity. Why fire should be integrated include biological, management and legal requirements. Items to consider range from the social, political, and resource potential constraints to the biological realities and dollars available. Land management planning is essentially the allocation and balancing of resource potentials with resource demands within social, political, biological, physical, economic, and legislative constraints. Use allocation addresses the question of the quality, quantity, and timing of activities and outputs. In identifying components of the system, fire is basically a system modifier. As a system modifier it can be natural or culturally oriented. Fire is only one of many natural or cultural factors to be considered and accounted for in the process of balancing resource potential and resource demand. An integration process includes a fire behavior system, a fire effects system, and an economic evaluation system. Simulation tools are available and being developed to assist the process. Managers are the key to implementing the process discussed.

Barney, Richard J. 1977. How to integrate fire with land use planning and management - a process. 16 p.