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Title: Quantifying the consequences of fire suppression in two California national parks

Author: Miller, Carol; Davis, Brett;

Date: 2009

Source: The George Wright Forum. 26(1): 76-88.

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: Excluding fire can have untold ecological effects. Decades of fire suppression in national parks and other protected areas have altered natural fire regimes, vegetation, and wildlife habitat (Chang 1996; Keane et al. 2002). Management actions to suppress lightning-ignited wildfires removes one of the most important natural processes from fire-dependent ecosystems, and yet resource specialists currently have no way of measuring or monitoring the effects of these actions.

Keywords: fire suppression, prescribed fire, restoration, national parks, California, Fire Return Interval Departure (FRID) Index

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Miller, Carol; Davis, Brett. 2009. Quantifying the consequences of fire suppression in two California national parks. The George Wright Forum. 26(1): 76-88.


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