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Cascading effects of fire exclusion in Rocky Mountain ecosystems: a literature review

Keane, R.E. and Ryan, K.C. and Veblen, T.T. and Allen, C.D. and Logan, J. and Hawkes, B. (2002) Cascading effects of fire exclusion in Rocky Mountain ecosystems: a literature review. Other. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fort Collins, CO.


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The health of many Rocky Mountain ecosystems is in decline because of the policy of excluding fire in the management of these ecosystems. Fire exclusion has actually made it more difficult to fight fires, and this poses greater risks to the people who fight fires and for those who live in and around Rocky Mountain forests and rangelands. This paper discusses the extent of fire exclusion in the Rocky Mountains, then details the diverse and cascading effects of suppressing fires in the Rocky Mountain landscape by spatial scale, ecosystem characteristic, and vegetation type. Also discussed are the varied effects of fire exclusion on some important, keystone ecosystems and human concerns.

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
Publisher’s Statement: Published by USDA Forest Service.
Additional Information: General Technical Report. RMRS-GTR-91.
ID number or DOI: 10.2737/RMRS-GTR-91
Keywords: Wildland fire; Fire exclusion; Fire effects; Landscape ecology; Wildfire; Fire suppression; Fire effects; Landscape level; ERI Library
Subjects: S Agriculture > SD Forestry
Department/Unit: Research Centers > Ecological Restoration Institute
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2017 23:25
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/2849

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