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    Author(s): Dale D. Wade; [Compiler]
    Date: 1984
    Source: General Technical Report
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    The deliberate application of fire to produce desired wildland benefits has evolved through the centuries into the art of prescription burning. Southern resource managers became expert at applying this art and practiced it for decades with few operational constraints. However, as the available land base shrank and management became more intensive, the value of these resources along with the costs of tending and protecting them skyrocketed. These increases have in turn necessitated an increase in the skill and sophistication required to scientifically administer fire treatments. As the South becomes more urban and its environmental values change, traditional fire and smoke man-agement practices are being reevaluated. The benefits of underburning are also now being heralded in many other regions of North America where, 10 years ago, fire exclusion was the goal. All too often the overzealous application of this tool without adequate training and/or due regard to natural and human considerations has resulted in news media events which have had far-reaching implications on our ability to efficiently use fire.

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    Wade, Dale D.; [Compiler] 1984. Prescribed Fire And Smoke Management In The South: Conference Proceedings. General Technical Report

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