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Living with Fire

Living with Fire Author Sara E. Jensen
ISBN-10 9780520942516
Release 2008-08-04
Pages 192
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Fire, both inevitable and ubiquitous, plays a crucial role in North American ecosystems. But as necessary as fire is to maintaining healthy ecosystems, it threatens human lives and livelihoods in unacceptable ways. This volume explores the rich yet largely uncharted terrain at the intersection of fire policy, fire science, and fire management in order to find better ways of addressing this pressing dilemma. Written in clear language, it will help scientists, policy makers, and the general public, especially residents of fire-prone areas, better understand where we are today in regard to coping with wildfires, how we got here, and where we need to go. Drawing on abundant historical and analytic information to shed new light on current controversies, Living with Fire offers a dynamic new paradigm for coping with fire that recognizes its critical environmental role. The book also tells how we can rebuild the important ecological and political processes that are necessary for finding better ways to cope with fire and with other complex policy dilemmas.



The Planner s Guide to Natural Resource Conservation

The Planner   s Guide to Natural Resource Conservation Author Adrian X. Esparza
ISBN-10 0387981675
Release 2009-06-12
Pages 258
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Much of the country’s recent population growth is situated in exurban areas. By many accounts exurbanization has become the dominant pattern of land development in the country and there is no indication it will slow in the foreseeable future (Theobald 2005; Brown et al. 2005; Glennon and Kretser 2005). By definition, exurban development takes place beyond the metropolitan fringe, often in rural and remote areas. The development of new exurban communities is a growing trend, especially in the West. In this case, developers and homebuilders seek large tracts of land, up to thousands of acres, in rural areas (typically within 50 miles of a large city) where they plan entire communities consisting of commercial, retail and residential land uses. Recreational amenities such as golf courses and hiking/biking trails are often included in these master-planned developments. Our philosophy is reflected in the book’s two objectives. First, we seek to document the extent and impacts of exurban development across the country. At issue is demonstrating why planners and the public-at-large should be concerned about exurbanization. We will demonstrate that even though exurbanization favors amenity rich regions, it affects all areas of the country through the loss of agricultural and grazing lands, impacts to watersheds and land modification. A summary of environmental impacts is presented, including the loss of wildlands and agricultural productivity, land modification, soil erosion, impacts to terrestrial hydrologic systems, the loss of biodiversity, nonnative and endangered species and other topics. Our second aim is to provide readers from diverse (nonscientific) backgrounds with a working knowledge of how and why exurbanization impacts environmental systems. This is accomplished by working closely to ensure contributors follow a specific outline for each chapter. First, contributors will spell out fundamental concepts, principles and processes that apply to their area of expertise (e.g., riparian areas). Contributors will move beyond a cursory understanding of ecological processes without overwhelming readers with the dense material found typically in specialized texts. For this reason, visuals and other support materials will be integral to each chapter. We have chosen contributors carefully based on their record as research scientists and acumen as educators. Second, once the mechanics have been laid out, authors will explain how and why land development in nearby areas influences ecosystems. Issues of interdependency, modification and adaptation, spatial scale and varying time horizons will be featured. Third, contributors will weigh in on the pros and cons of various land-development schemes. Fourth, authors will share their thinking on the merits of conservation devices such as wildlife corridors, open-space requirements and watershed management districts. Finally, each chapter will conclude by identifying pitfalls to avoid and highlighting "best practices" that will mitigate environmental problems or avoid them altogether. In sum, after completing each chapter, readers should have a firm grasp of relevant concepts and processes, an understanding of current research and know how to apply science to land-use decisions.



Cool Careers Without College for People Who Love Nature

Cool Careers Without College for People Who Love Nature Author Gabrielle Navarre
ISBN-10 9781477718292
Release 2013-12-15
Pages 144
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Many exciting and rewarding careers exist for nature lovers, many of which don't require a college degree. The author presents a variety of jobs that allow people to make a living in the great outdoors, from guiding tourists on whitewater rafting expeditions to photographing exotic animals in distant, beautiful locales. Careers such as park ranger, wildland firefighter, and ecotourism planner allow people to enjoy some of the world's most spectacular environments while also protecting these areas for future generations. Helpful career-related resources such as organizations, books, magazines, and blogs follow each chapter, and stunning color photographs draw in the reader.



Environmental Politics Domestic and Global Dimensions

Environmental Politics  Domestic and Global Dimensions Author Jacqueline Vaughn
ISBN-10 9780495898979
Release 2011-01-01
Pages 400
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ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS explores the issues that shape environmental policy today. The introduction places environmental politics in context by identifying some of the events that have occurred over the last decade that have affected the field’s development--from the listing of the polar bear as an endangered species to the opening of China’s Three Gorges Dam. The new edition provides coverage of the historical roots of environmentalism, milestones in the development of key policies, and current problems and conflicts. It contains 12 new Another View, Another Voice profiles and six new Emerging Issues features. The author provides in-depth coverage in a readable, concise format that shows readers how environmental problems are identified and how solutions are formulated and implemented. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.



Gender and Wildfire

Gender and Wildfire Author Christine Eriksen
ISBN-10 9781317699675
Release 2013-11-20
Pages 186
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In pursuit of lifestyle change, affordable property, and proximity to nature, people from all walks of life are moving to the wildland-urban interface. Tragic wildfires and a predicted increase in high fire danger weather with climate change have triggered concern for the safety of such amenity-led migrants in wildfire-prone landscapes. This book examines wildfire awareness and preparedness amongst women, men, households, communities and agencies at the interface between city and beyond. It does so through an examination of two regions where wildfires are common and disastrous, and where how to deal with them is a major political issue: southeast Australia and the west coast United States. It follows women’s and men’s stories of surviving, fighting, evacuating, living and working with wildfire to reveal the intimate inner workings of wildfire response – and especially the culturally and historically distinct gender relations that underpin wildfire resilience. Wildfire is revealed as much more than a "natural" hazard – it is far from gender-neutral. Rather, wildfire is an important means through which traditional gender roles and power relations are maintained despite changing social circumstances. Women’s and men’s subjectivities are shaped by varying senses of inclusion, exclusion, engagement and disengagement with wildfire management. This leads to the reproduction of gender identities with clear ramifications for if, how and to what extent women and men prepare for wildfire.



Fire Ecology in Rocky Mountain Landscapes

Fire Ecology in Rocky Mountain Landscapes Author William L. Baker
ISBN-10 1610911911
Release 2009-07-09
Pages 632
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Fire Ecology in Rocky Mountain Landscapes brings a century of scientific research to bear on improving the relationship between people and fire.In recent years, some scientists have argued that current patterns of fire are significantly different from historical patterns, and thatlandscapes should be managed with an eye toward reestablishing past fire regimes. At the policy level, state and federal agencies have focused on fuel reduction and fire suppression as a means of controlling fire.Geographer William L. Baker takes a different view, making the case that the available scientific data show that infrequent episodes of large fires followed by long interludes with few fires led to naturally fluctuating landscapes, and that the best approach is not to try to change or control fire but to learn to live with it. In Fire Ecology in Rocky Mountain Landscapes, Baker reviews functional traits and responses of plants and animals to fire at the landscape scale; explains how scientists reconstruct the history of fire in landscapes; elaborates on the particulars of fire under the historical range of variability in the Rockies; and considers the role of Euro-Americans in creating the landscapes and fire situations of today.In the end, the author argues that the most effective action is to rapidly limit and redesign people-nature interfaces to withstand fire, which he believes can be done in ways that are immediately beneficial to both nature and communities.



Official Meeting Program

Official Meeting Program Author Ecological Society of America. Meeting
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105132965562
Release 2008
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Fire on Earth

Fire on Earth Author Andrew C. Scott
ISBN-10 9781118534090
Release 2013-10-31
Pages 434
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Earth is the only planet known to have fire. The reason is both simple and profound: fire exists because Earth is the only planet to possess life as we know it. Fire is an expression of life on Earth and an index of life’s history. Few processes are as integral, unique, or ancient. Fire on Earth puts fire in its rightful place as an integral part of the study of geology, biology, human history, physics, and global chemistry. Fire is ubiquitous in various forms throughout Earth, and belongs as part of formal inquiries about our world. In recent years fire literature has multiplied exponentially; dedicated journals exist and half a dozen international conferences are held annually. A host of formal sciences, or programs announcing interdisciplinary intentions, are willing to consider fire. Wildfire also appears routinely in media reporting. This full-colour text, containing over 250 illustrations of fire in all contexts, is designed to provide a synthesis of contemporary thinking; bringing together the most powerful concepts and disciplinary voices to examine, in an international setting, why planetary fire exists, how it works, and why it looks the way it does today. Students, lecturers, researchers and professionals interested in the physical, ecological and historical characteristics of fire will find this book, and accompanying web-based material, essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in all related disciplines, for general interest and for providing an interdisciplinary foundation for further study. A comprehensive approach to the history, behaviour and ecological effects of fire on earth Timely introduction to this important subject, with relevance for global climate change, biodiversity loss and the evolution of human culture. Provides a foundation for the interdisciplinary field of Fire Research Authored by an international team of leading experts in the field Associated website provides additional resources



Forest Fires

Forest Fires Author Edward A. Johnson
ISBN-10 0080506747
Release 2001-03-01
Pages 594
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Even before the myth of Prometheus, fire played a crucial ecological role around the world. Numerous plant communities depend on fire to generate species diversity in both time and space. Without fire such ecosystems would become sterile monocultures. Recent efforts to prohibit fire in fire dependent communities have contributed to more intense and more damaging fires. For these reasons, foresters, ecologists, land managers, geographers, and environmental scientists are interested in the behavior and ecological effects of fires. This book will be the first to focus on the chemistry and physics of fire as it relates to the ways in which fire behaves and the impacts it has on ecosystem function. Leading international contributors have been recruited by the editors to prepare a didactic text/reference that will appeal to both advanced students and practicing professionals.



Creating a Forestry for the 21st Century

Creating a Forestry for the 21st Century Author Kathryn A. Kohm
ISBN-10 1610913922
Release 1997-01-01
Pages 491
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Over the past decade, a sea change has occurred in the field of forestry. A vastly increased understanding of how ecological systems function has transformed the science from one focused on simplifying systems, producing wood, and managing at the stand-level to one concerned with understanding and managing complexity, providing a wide range of ecological goods and services, and managing across broad landscapes.Creating a Forestry for the 21st Century is an authoritative and multidisciplinary examination of the current state of forestry and its relation to the emergent field of ecosystem management. Drawing upon the expertise of top professionals in the field, it provides an up-to-date synthesis of principles of ecosystem management and their implications for forest policy. Leading scientists, including Malcolm Hunter, Jr., Bruce G. Marcot, James K. Agee, Thomas R. Crow, Robert J. Naiman, John C. Gordon, R.W. Behan, Steven L. Yaffee, and many others examine topics that are central to the future of forestry: new understandings of ecological processes and principles, from stand structure and function to disturbance processes and the movement of organisms across landscapes challenges to long-held assumptions: the rationale for clearcutting, the wisdom of short rotations, the exclusion of fire traditional tools in light of expanded goals for forest landscapes managing at larger spatial scales, including practical information and ideas for managing large landscapes over long time periods the economic, organizational, and political issues that are critical to implementing successful ecosystem management and developing institutions to transform knowledge into action Featuring a 16-page center section with color photographs that illustrate some of the best on-the-ground examples of ecosystem management from around the world, Creating a Forestry for the 21st Century is the definitive text on managing ecosystems. It provides a compelling case for thinking creatively beyond the bounds of traditional forest resource management, and will be essential reading for students; scientists working in state, federal, and private research institutions; public and private forest managers; staff members of environmental/conservation organizations; and policymakers.



Natural Hazards Observer

Natural Hazards Observer Author
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105132734687
Release 2008
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Reimagining Political Ecology

Reimagining Political Ecology Author Aletta Biersack
ISBN-10 0822336723
Release 2006-11-22
Pages 419
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A collection of ethnographies grounded in second-generation political ecology, which focuses on the interchanges between nature and culture, and the local and the global.



Terrain

Terrain Author
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105213185908
Release 2006
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Choice

Choice Author
ISBN-10 UCSC:32106017985323
Release 2009
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Deep Ecology for the Twenty first Century

Deep Ecology for the Twenty first Century Author George Sessions
ISBN-10 UOM:39015033254692
Release 1995-01
Pages 488
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Join the Super Friends as they unite against the bad guys and stand up for justice in this action-packed colouring book!



Discordant Harmonies

Discordant Harmonies Author Daniel B. Botkin
ISBN-10 0195074696
Release 1992
Pages 241
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In this provacative new approach to the environmental crisis, Botkin argues that our ability to solve ecological crises is limited not by our scientific knowledge, but by the age-old myths and metaphors that shape our perception of the natural world. He uses revealing case studies to highlight controversial issues and reveal how old myths blind us to the new technology.



Deep Ecology

Deep Ecology Author Bill Devall
ISBN-10 UOM:39015008652904
Release 1985
Pages 266
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