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Title: Sustainability and the origins of wildland fire research

Author: Smith, Diane M.;

Date: 2015

Source: Arcadia Environment and Society Portal. 13. Online:

Publication Series: Magazines or Trade Publications

Description: When looking for the origins of wildland fire research in the Forest Service, forester C. E. (Mike) Hardy makes the case for 1922, when Harry Gisborne became the agency’s first full-time fire researcher. Leading fire historian Stephen Pyne argues that fire research originated under the leadership of Coert DuBois, who oversaw the first fire case study in 1911, the first use of statistical methods in analyzing fire reports in 1914, and the first fire behavior and fire effects research in around 1915.

Keywords: wildland fire research, wilderness, wildlands, preservation

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Smith, Diane M. 2015. Sustainability and the origins of wildland fire research. Arcadia Environment and Society Portal. 13. Online:


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