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    Author(s): David J. Parsons; Stephen J. Botti
    Date: 1996
    Source: In: Hardy, Colin C.; Arno, Stephen F., eds. The use of fire in forest restoration. Gen. Tech. Rep. INT-GTR-341. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station. p. 29-31.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Intermountain Forest Experiment Station
    PDF: View PDF  (330 B)

    Description

    Over the past century, policies related to the management of fire in U.S. National Parks have evolved fiom efforts to eliminate all fire to recognition of the importance of restoring and maintaining fire as a natural ecological process. Prior to their formal designation by Congress, most National Parks had experienced thousands of years of periodic fire. Long-term interactions of climate, vegetation, and fire are largely responsible for shaping the ecosystems that most parks were established to protect.

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    Parsons, David J.; Botti, Stephen J. 1996. Restoration of fire in National Parks. In: Hardy, Colin C.; Arno, Stephen F., eds. The use of fire in forest restoration. Gen. Tech. Rep. INT-GTR-341. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station. p. 29-31.

    Keywords

    fire ecology, fire regimes, forest restoration, U.S. National Parks, ecological process

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