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Fire and At-Risk Species

Kevin E. Shaffer

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520246058.003.0023
Fire and At-Risk Species

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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

Chapter.  11655 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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