Fire, Watershed Resources, and Aquatic Ecosystems

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

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, Watershed Resources, and Aquatic Ecosystems

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This chapter first explores the current perspective of fires in watersheds and the social and ecological reactions to changes to the historic fire regimes. It then discusses issues surrounding the restoration of fire regimes within watersheds, and ends with the concept of integrated watershed restoration. Rehabilitation and restoration are not mutually exclusive, and most of the tools and practices used in rehabilitation are often used for restoration. Post-fire rehabilitation and other post-fire activities treat fire as an emergency, not as an expression of the ecosystem process. The most important issues that form obstacles to restoring fire regimes, and a possible approach to overcome them are addressed. Fire is a natural process within most of California watersheds and must be considered when managing for riparian, aquatic, and water resources. Fires out of their natural regime can and do cause serious damage to ecological assets.

Keywords: fires; watersheds; aquatic ecosystems; restoration; post-fire rehabilitation; California

Chapter.  10810 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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