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What is a Forest Fire Hazard?

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It has long been recognized by scientifically minded practitioners that the vocabulary of forestry, though rich and broad, is frequently inexact. This inadequacy is reflected in its literature, wherein many an author makes shift with weak terms of vague meaning because words of definite connotation are lacking. Forestry as a profession in America is too young to have attained a stage of technical rigidity in its vocabulary, but the need for greater precision is evident. The author scrutinizes the vocabulary of forest fire prevention and control, and finds it of questionable value. He presents a logical argument for greater clarity of expression, and suggests new terms to obtain clear statements of fact.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: University of Idaho

Publication date: November 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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