. Fire and California Vegetation

Neil G. Sugihara and Michael G. Barbour

in Fire in California's Ecosystems

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780520246058
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932272 | DOI:
. Fire and California Vegetation

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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

Chapter.  6740 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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