Wildfires as an ecosystem service
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Juli G. Pausas; Jon E. Keeley
Publication Year: 2019

Cataloging Information

  • ecosystem services
  • fire benefits
  • fire management
Record Maintained By:
Record Last Modified: June 5, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 57844


Wildfires are often perceived as destructive disturbances, but we propose that when integrating evolutionary and socioecological factors, fires in most ecosystems can be understood as natural processes that provide a variety of benefits to humankind. Wildfires generate open habitats that enable the evolution of a diversity of shade‐intolerant plants and animals that have long benefited humans. There are many provisioning, regulating, and cultural services that people obtain from wildfires, and prescribed fires and wildfire management are tools for mimicking the ancestral role of wildfires in an increasingly populated world.

Online Link(s):
Pausas, Juli G.; Keeley, Jon E. 2019. Wildfires as an ecosystem service. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 17(5):289-295.