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Fire in California's Ecosystems

Neil Sugihara


Fires are both an integral natural process in the California landscape and growing threat to its urban and suburban developments as they encroach on wildlands. This book synthesizes knowledge of the science, ecology, and management of fire in California. Part I introduces the basics of fire ecology. It includes an historical overview of fire, vegetation, and climate in California; overviews of fire as a physical and ecological process; and reviews the interactions between fire and the physical, plant, and animal components of the environment. Part II explores the history and ecology of fire in ... More

Keywords: fire, California, wildlands, science, fire ecology, management of fire, climate, watershed management, invasive plant species, fuel management

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780520246058
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520246058.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil Sugihara, editor

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chapter 1. Fire and California Vegetation

Neil G. Sugihara, and Michael G. Barbour

chapter 3 Fire as a Physical Process

Jan W. Van Wagtendonk

chapter 4 Fire as an Ecological Process

Neil G. Sugihara, Jan W. Van Wagtendonk, and Joann Fites-Kaufman

chapter 5 Fire and Physical Environment Interactions

Peter M. Wohlgemuth, Ken Hubbert, and Michael J. Arbaugh

chapter 6 Fire and Plant Interactions

Joann Fites-Kaufman, Anne F. Bradley, and Amy G. Merrill

chapter 7 Fire and Animal Interactions

Kevin E. Shaffer, and William F. Laudenslaye

chapter 8 North Coast Bioregion

John D. Stuart, and Scott L. Stephens

chapter 9. Klamath Mountains Bioregion

Carl N. Skinner, Alan H. Taylor, and James K. Agee

chapter 10 Southern Cascades Bioregion

Carl N. Skinner, and Alan H. Taylor

chapter 11. Northeastern Plateaus Bioregion

Gregg M. Riegel, Richard F. Miller, Carl N. Skinner, and Sydney E. Smith

chapter 12 Sierra Nevada Bioregion

Jan W. Van Wagtendonk, and Jo Ann Fites-Kaufman

chapter 14. Central Coast Bioregion

Frank W. Davis, and Mark I. Borchert

chapter 16 Southeastern Deserts Bioregion

Matthew L. Brooks, and Richard A. Minnich

chapter 18 Fire Management and Policy Since European Settlement

Scott L. Stephens, and Neil G. Sugihara

chapter 19 Fire and Fuel Management

Sue Husari, H. Thomas Nichols, Neil G. Sugihara, and Scott L. Stephens

chapter 20 Fire, Watershed Resources, and Aquatic Ecosystems

Andrea E. Thode, Jeffrey L. Kershner, Ken Roby, Lynn M. Decker, and Jan L. Beyers

chapter 22 Fire and Invasive Plant Species

Robert C. Klinger, Matthew L. Brooks, and John M. Randall

chapter 24 The Future of Fire in California’s Ecosystems

Neil G. Sugihara, Jan W. Van Wagtendonk, Joann Fiteskaufman, Kevin E. Shaffer, and Andrea E. Thode