Design of Transportation Plans to Meet the Fire Control Problem in Southern California

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This article describes the principles and procedure developed for the application of protection transportation planning to the chaparral territory of southern California. Due to the dense and highly inflammable green brush, the precipitous topography, and the climate, fire control here becomes a difficult problem, taxing all the resources and highest ingenuity of the Forest Service and other protection agencies. In spite of the difficulties, the tremendous wealth in orange groves and urban developments within the shadow of the chaparral slopes demands complete maintenance of existing water supplies from the watersheds. Often it is also directly menaced by floods of debris when such areas have been denuded by fire. The project here described represents one phase of the comprehensive plans undertaken by National Forest Region 5 toward meeting the problem.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: California Forest and Range Experiment Station

Publication date: June 1, 1937

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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