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Ames Forester

Abstract

For most people, setting fire to a forest to save it sounds a lot like "jumbo shrimp" or "military intelligence". It just doesn't seem to go together. Many forest types in the world, however, evolved with fire as a natural component in the ecosystem. Granted, fire can be very destructive under even the best conditions, but forest and wildlife ecologists and managers are beginning to understand that fire, while destroying some forest elements, encourages others.

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