596 pages, photographs, illustrations, tables
Fire is both an integral natural process in the California landscape and growing threat to its urban and suburban developments as they encroach on wildlands. Written by many of the foremost authorities on the subject, this comprehensive volume, an ideal text and authoritative reference tool, is the first to synthesize our knowledge of the science, ecology, and management of fire in California. Part I introduces the basics of fire ecology. It includes an historical overview of fire, vegetation, and climate in California; overviews of fire as a physical and ecological process; and reviews the interactions between fire and the physical, plant, and animal components of the environment. Part II explores the history and ecology of fire in each of California's nine bioregions. Part III examines fire management in California, including both Native American and post-European settlement; discusses current issues related to fire policy and management, including air quality, watershed management, invasive plant species, native species, and fuel management; and considers the future of fire management.
LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS FOREWORD James K. Agee PREFACE 1. Fire and California Vegetation Neil G. Sugihara and Michael G. Barbour PART I Introduction to Fire Ecology 2. California Climate and Fire Weather Richard A. Minnich 3. Fire as a Physical Process Jan W. van Wagtendonk 4. Fire as an Ecological Process Neil G. Sugihara, Jan W. van Wagtendonk, and JoAnn Fites-Kaufman 5. Fire and Physical Environment Interactions: Soil, Water, and Air Peter M. Wohlgemuth, Ken Hubbert, and Michael J. Arbaugh 6. Fire and Plant Interactions JoAnn Fites-Kaufman, Anne F. Bradley, and Amy G. Merrill 7. Fire and Animal Interactions Kevin E. Shaffer and William F. Laudenslayer, Jr. PART II The History and Ecology of Fire in California's Bioregions 8. North Coast Bioregion John D. Stuart and Scott L. Stephens 9. Klamath Mountains Bioregion Carl N. Skinner, Alan H. Taylor, and James K. Agee 10. Southern Cascades Bioregion Carl N. Skinner and Alan H. Taylor 11. Northeastern Plateaus Bioregion Gregg M. Riegel, Richard F. Miller, Carl N. Skinner, and Sydney E. Smith 12. Sierra Nevada Bioregion Jan W. van Wagtendonk and Joann Fites-Kaufman 13. Central Valley Bioregion Robin Wills 14. Central Coast Bioregion Frank W. Davis and Mark I. Borchert 15. South Coast Bioregion Jon E. Keeley 16. Southeastern Deserts Bioregion Matthew L. Brooks and Richard A. Minnich PART II I Fire Management Issues in California's Ecosystems 17. The Use of Fire by Native Americans in California M. Kat Anderson 18. Fire Management and Policy Since European Settlement Scott L. Stephens and Neil G. Sugihara CONTENTS 19. Fire and Fuel Management Sue Husari, H. Thomas Nichols, Neil G. Sugihara, and Scott L. Stephens 20. Fire, Watershed Resources, and Aquatic Ecosystems Andrea E. Thode, Jeffrey L. Kershner, Ken Roby, Lynn M. Decker, and Jan L. Beyers 21. Fire and Air Resources Suraj Ahuja 22. Fire and Invasive Plant Species Robert C. Klinger, Matthew L. Brooks, and John M. Randall 23. Fire and At-Risk Species Kevin E. Shaffer 24. The Future of Fire in California's Ecosystems Neil G. Sugihara, Jan W. van Wagtendonk, JoAnn Fites-Kaufman, Kevin E. Shaffer, and Andrea E. Thode APPENDIX 1: PLANT COMMON AND SCIENTIFIC NAMES APPENDIX 2: ANIMAL COMMON AND SCIENTIFIC NAMES APPENDIX 3: BIOREGIONS, ECOLOGICAL ZONES, AND PLANT ALLIANCES OF CALIFORNIA THAT OCCUR IN THIS TEXT GLOSSARY INDEX
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Neil G. Sugihara is Fire Ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service. Jan W. van Wagtendonk is Research Forester with the U.S. Geological Survey. Jo Ann Fites-Kaufman is Fire Ecologist with the Adaptive Management Services Enterprise Team of the U.S. Forest Service. Kevin E. Shaffer is Environmental Specialist in Forestry and Fire Ecology with the California Department of Fish and Game and Andrea E. Thode is Assistant Professor of Fire Ecology in the School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University.