The Ecological Importance Of Mixed-severity Fires: Nature's Phoenix by Dominick A DellasalaThe Ecological Importance Of Mixed-severity Fires: Nature's Phoenix by Dominick A Dellasala

The Ecological Importance Of Mixed-severity Fires: Nature's Phoenix

byDominick A Dellasala, Chad T. HansonEditorDominick A Dellasala

Paperback | June 23, 2015

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The Ecological Importance of High-Severity Fires,presents information on the current paradigm shift in the way people think about wildfire and ecosystems.

While much of the current forest management in fire-adapted ecosystems, especially forests, is focused on fire prevention and suppression, little has been reported on the ecological role of fire, and nothing has been presented on the importance of high-severity fire with regards to the maintenance of native biodiversity and fire-dependent ecosystems and species.

This text fills that void, providing a comprehensive reference for documenting and synthesizing fire's ecological role.

  • Offers the first reference written on mixed- and high-severity fires and their relevance for biodiversity
  • Contains a broad synthesis of the ecology of mixed- and high-severity fires covering such topics as vegetation, birds, mammals, insects, aquatics, and management actions

  • Explores the conservation vs. public controversy issues around megafires in a rapidly warming world

Dominick A. DellaSala, Ph.D., is President and Chief Scientist of the Geos Institute ( in Ashland, Oregon. He served two terms as President of the Society for Conservation Biology, North America Section, and is a Courtesy Professor at Oregon State University. He is an internationally renowned author of over 200 te...
Title:The Ecological Importance Of Mixed-severity Fires: Nature's PhoenixFormat:PaperbackDimensions:450 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:June 23, 2015Publisher:Elsevier ScienceLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0128027495

ISBN - 13:9780128027493

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Table of Contents


Section I: Biodiversity of Mixed- and High-Severity Fires

1. Setting the Stage for Mixed- and High-Severity Fires

2. Ecological and Biodiversity Benefits of Mega-Fires

3. Using Bird Ecology to Learn about the Benefits of Severe Fire

4. Mammal Habitat Selection in Mixed- and High-Severity Fires

5. Stream-Riparian Ecosystems of Mixed- and High-Severity Fires

6. Bark Beetles and Mixed- and High-Severity Fires in Rocky Mountain Subalpine Forests

Section 2: Global Perspectives on Mixed- and High-Severity Fires

7. High-Severity Fire in Chaparral: Cognitive Dissonance in the Shrublands

8. Regional Case Studies of Mixed-Severity Fires: South-East Australia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central Europe, and Boreal Canada

9. Climate Change and Mixed- and High-Severity Fires: Uncertainties, Shifting Baselines, and Fire Management

10. Carbon Dynamics of Mixed- and High-Severity Wildfires: Pyrogenic CO2 Emissions, Post-fire Carbon Balance, and Succession

Section 3: Managing Mixed- and High-Severity Fires

11. In the Aftermath of Mixed- and High-Severity Fire: Logging and Related Actions Degrade Mixed and High-Severity Burn Areas

12. The Rising Costs of Wildfire Suppression and the Case for Ecological Fire Use

13. Flight of the Phoenix: Coexisting with Mixed-Severity Fires