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    Author(s): R. Gordon Schmidt
    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. 85-86.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Intermountain Forest Experiment Station
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    This paper's title - "Can we restore the fire process? What awaits us if we don't?" - represents an ecologist's view of the world. I submit that this view is unrealistic. The first clause uses the term "restore" which implies reestablishing the fire process of the past. The second phrase uses the absolute term "don't" which implies that we can. Both of these phrases are too determinant for me. The 1995 International Conference of the Society of Ecological Restoration slogan challenges us to Take a Broader View." If we do that we can see the real challenge.

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    Schmidt, R. Gordon. 1996. Can we restore the fire process? What awaits us if we don''t?. 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. 85-86.

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    fire ecology, fire regimes, forest restoration

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