Global Application of Prescribed Fire provides a first-hand perspective of the various methods and ways people around the world view and use prescribed fire. It covers the logistics, constraints and social dynamics surrounding the intentional use and application of fire by humans, and demonstrates how, why, when and where prescribed fire is used in different regions.
Written by international experts, the book has four key objectives: explore new techniques, ideas and thoughts on how to apply prescribed fire from a global perspective; provide regional case studies covering issues that may constrain or enhance prescribed fire projects; stimulate cross-cultural conversations about how fires function in ecosystems; and relate prescribed fire to wildfire regimes with implications for protecting life and property, as well as sustaining local fire cultures and unique fire-dependent flora and fauna.
Global Application of Prescribed Fire enhances our understanding and knowledge about the application of prescribed fire. This comprehensive book will provide fire practitioners, researchers, agencies and policymakers with key ecological and managerial insight of how prescribed fires are conducted around the globe.
List of contributors
Chapter 1. Introduction to global application of prescribed fire
Chapter 2. Fire in the Boreal Forest: North-east British Columbia Canada - Putting fire out on the land
Chapter 3. Burning in the Pampa and Cerrado in Brazil
Chapter 4. Sanctioned Burning in Sub-Saharan Africa
Chapter 5. Forged by Fire: Burning the Australian Tropical Savannas
Chapter 6. The (re)emergence of Aboriginal women and cultural burning in New South Wales, Australia
Chapter 7. Fire in Pines of the Southeast USA
Chapter 8. The USA West Wasn’t Burning!
Chapter 9. Pyric Legacy: Prescribed Burning in the Flint Hills Region of North America
Chapter 10. An NGO and Prescribed Fire: The Nature Conservancy’s Joseph H. Williams Tallgrass Prairie Preserve (USA)
Chapter 11. Prescribed Burn Associations: US landowners getting fire on the ground
Chapter 12. Fire Management in heather-dominated heaths and moorlands of North-West Europe
Chapter 13. Prescribed burning in the European Mediterranean Basin
Chapter 14. Possibility to Introduce Prescribed Burning in Mongolian Rangelands
Chapter 15. Prescribed fires of the future: Technology and fire
Chapter 16. Epilogue
John R. Weir is an Associate Extension Specialist in the Natural Resource Ecology and Management Department at Oklahoma State University. He teaches two prescribed fire courses, conducts fire ecology research and has extension responsibilities relating to prescribed fire training and working with landowners. In the past 30 years, he has conducted over 1300 prescribed burns and has assisted with forming over 40 prescribed burn associations in nine US states. He is the author of the book Conducted Prescribed Fires: A Comprehensive Manual and in 2015 he received the Henry Wright Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Fire Ecology.
J. Derek Scasta is an Associate Professor and Extension Rangeland Management Specialist in the Ecosystem Science and Management Department at the University of Wyoming. He teaches an applied fire ecology course, conducts research on prescribed fire and wildfire, and helped to form the Wyoming Prescribed Fire Council. Since 2008, he has participated in more than 50 prescribed burns in six US states. He is a Certified Wildland Fire Ecologist through the Association for Fire Ecology and a Certified Professional in Rangeland Management through the Society for Range Management.