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Fire in California's Ecosystems$
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Neil Sugihara

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520246058

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520246058.001.0001

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Fire in California's Ecosystems

Neil G. Sugihara

Michael G. Barbour

University of California Press

Fire is a physical process and an ecological process. It is difficult to overstate the importance of fire in California ecosystems. The modern array of bioregions is a product of millions of years of plant evolution, geologic upheavals, and climate change. It is not the occurrence of fire in an ecosystem that constitutes an ecological disturbance; rather it is the actions that have led to changes to the existing fire regimes. There are numerous examples across California where fire and fuel management activities, prescribed burning, fire suppression, or post-fire rehabilitation and restoration can be integrated while conserving and protecting at-risk species, their habitats, and ecological processes. The story of fire in California ecosystems is an epic adventure played out over millennia in a spectacular setting. This book sets the scenes, introduces the characters and situations, and provides the future of fire ecology and the tools to write the next act.

Keywords:   fire ecology, California ecosystems, fuel management, burning, fire suppression, plant evolution, climate change

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