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Title: Mileposts of progress in fire control and fire research

Author: Gisborne, H. T.;

Date: 1942

Source: Journal of Forestry. 40(8): 597-606.

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: At Spokane, a month ago, Dr. Carl F. Taeusch of the Bureau of Agricultural Economics told us that for common understanding of any problem it is essential that we first establish the "framework of ideas within which we are trying to work out the problem." Walter B. Pitkin stresses the same point when he says: "The next task is to take some position toward the subject you propose to discuss ... When you take a position toward a field of fact or fantasy, you do something strangely like the choosing of a vantage point from which you view a valley. . . . Point of view and perspective determine the special arrangement and design of the entire panorama. Any valley may be seen from a thousand outlooks. Always the same valley, it presents itself in a thousand manners according to the outlook." Personally, I welcome the opportunity to develop this topic and to do my part to make sure that we are at least all looking at the same valley and that we are not mistaking some of the minor gulches for the main valley.

Keywords: fire control, fire research

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Gisborne, H. T. 1942. Mileposts of progress in fire control and fire research. Journal of Forestry. 40(8): 597-606.


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