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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 and At-Risk Species

Fire and At-Risk Species

(p.520) chapter 23 Fire and At-Risk Species
Fire in California's Ecosystems

Kevin E. Shaffer

University of California Press

This chapter concentrates on the fundamental issues that surround efforts to protect and conserve at-risk species while managing fire and vegetation. The essential aspects of species protection laws and policies that have been points of relevance or contention with fire and fuel management are briefly highlight. The chapter discusses how fuel treatment can impact at-risk species and how protection of at-risk species can influence fuel reduction. It then puts forth ideas and perspectives on how protecting native species and their habitat and managing wildfire could and should be better integrated. There are four general categories of techniques available to reduce vegetation: chemical, biological, mechanical, and prescribed burning. At-risk species protection will depend on the success of the comprehensive plans to manage both wildlands and fire. The viability of both human communities and at-risk species depends on integrating fire and fuel management with at-risk species conservation and protection wherever both activities overlap.

Keywords:   fire, at-risk species, vegetation, protection laws, fuel management, wildfire, burning

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