FOREST FIRE IN THE US NORTHERN ROCKIES: A PRIMER
Current Fire Web Sites and Information
Read a letter from Forest Service Research Scientist Jack Cohen to the Chief of the USFS regarding the wildland-urban interface fire issue.
For an intelligent explanation of the history and ecological effects of fires in the Western US, read the May 23, 2003 issue of High Country News: http://www.hcn.org/servlets/hcn.Issue?issue_id=251.
For a detailed "Communicator's Guide to Wildland Fire" developed by the National Interagency Fire Center see: http://www.nifc.gov/preved/comm_guide/wildfire/index.html. Includes many other fire web links.
See Life After A Fire: How Wildfires affect the Plants and Animals of the Lolo National Forest for an interactive look at local forest fire effects.
The Ecological Society of America (ESA) has produced a 4 page Fire Ecology synthesis (requies pdf viewer). Also from the ESA's Public Affairs Department, read their Position Statement on Forest Fire Managment .
Tour a college-level course on the ecology and management of wildland fire in the Northwest courtesy of the Oregon State University's Extended Campus at http://oregonstate.edu/instruct/dce/for446/index.htm.
For The U S Forest Service's "Forest Effects Information System" see: http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/.
For a nice overview of the ecological effects of the 1988 fires in Yellowstone National Park, visit their official website and read Yellowstone in the Afterglow: Lessons from the Fires, available online at http://www.nps.gov/yell/publications/pdfs/fire/htmls/cover.htm.
The U S Forest Service's general information fire page:http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/
The National Park Service's fire page:http://www.nps.gov/fire/
The Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute's fire page:http://leopold.wilderness.net/research/fire.htm
The University of Montana's new "Montana Climate Center" has many real-time fire links. See these at http://climate.ntsg.umt.edu/html/fire.html
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