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Use of Fire in Southern Forests

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Wildland managers in the South use prescribed burning to reduce dangerous fuels, control understory hardwoods, combat disease, facilitate pine regeneration, and improve wildlife habitat. Burning techniques are highly developed, and prescribed burners believe they can use fire safely and without harmful effects on the environment. One serious problem remains. Burning that leads to smoked-in airports, highways, and towns will no longer be tolerated. Better weather predictions and practical guidelines for smoke management are needed. In the meantime, people doing prescribed burning can themselves avoid most smoke problems through restraint and common sense.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor of Forestry, School of Forestry and Wildlife Management, Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge

Publication date: October 1, 1973

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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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