Fire Ecology of Pacific Northwest Forests

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Island Press, 1996 - History - 511 pages
It was once widely believed that landscapes become increasingly stable over time until eventually reaching a "climax state" of complete stability. In recent years, however, that idea has been challenged by a new understanding of the importance and inevitability of forces such as storms and fires that keep ecosystems in a state of constant change. The dynamics of fire ecology has emerged as a central feature of the new understanding as scientists and land managers redefine traditional assumptions about the growth and development of ecosystems. Fire Ecology of Pacific Northwest Forests is a historical, analytical, and ecological approach to the effects and use of fire in Pacific Northwest wildlands. James K. Agee, a leading expert in the emerging field of fire ecology, analyzes the ecological role of fire in the creation and maintenance of the natural forests common to most of the western United States. In addition to examining fire from an ecological perspective, he provides insight into its historical and cultural aspects, and also touches on some of the political issues that influence the use and control of fire in the United States. In addition to serving as a sourcebook for natural area managers interested in restoring or maintaining fire regimes in Pacific Northwest wildlands, this volume provides an essential base of knowledge for all others interested in wildland management who wish to understand the ecological effects of fire. Although the chapters on the ecology of specific forest zones focus on the Pacific Northwest, much of the book addresses issues not unique to that region.
 

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Contents

THE NATURAL FIRE REGIME
3
THE NATURAL FIRE ENVIRONMENT
25
THE CULTURAL FIRE ENVIRONMENT
53
METHODS FOR FIRE HISTORY
75
FIRE EFFECTS ON VEGETATION
113
ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF FIRE
151
SITKA SPRUCE COAST REDWOOD AND WESTERN
187
PACIFIC SILVER FIR AND RED FIR FORESTS
226
SUB ALPINE ECOSYSTEMS
250
MlXEDCONTFERMlXEDEVERGREEN FORESTS
280
PONDEROSA PINE AND LODGEPOLE PINE FORESTS
320
NORTHWEST WOODLANDS
351
FIRE IN OUR FUTURE
386
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Page 472 - H. 1959. Ecological changes in the ponderosa pine forest of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Oregon.
Page 429 - Effect of Fire on Forest Soils in the Pine Barren Region of New Jersey. Yale Univ., School of Forestry.

About the author (1996)

James K. Agee is professor of forest ecology in the College of Forest Resources at the University of Washington, Seattle. He recently completed a five-year term as chair of the Division of Ecosystem Science and Conservation, and he continues to teach and conduct research on forest and fire ecology. Before coming to the University of Washington, he was a forest ecologist and research biologist for the National Park Service in Seattle and San Francisco. Agee received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1973. He is the author of more than 100 technical reports and professional papers in forest and fire ecology, and he has extensive experience with fire research and management in the Pacific Coast states. He has been a trustee for the Washington chapter of The Nature Conservancy, was chair to the Washington Natural Heritage Council, and associate editor of Northwest Science.