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Fire Management Policy in the National Forests--A New Era

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The policy for dealing with fires on National Forest System lands was changed in 1977, in essence from control to management. The change was based on the knowledge and understanding that fire can result in a positive effect on wildland resources. Land managers were directed to provide well-planned fire protection and fire use programs that, in execution, would be cost-effective and responsive to land- and resource-management goals and objectives. After one year of implementation, the net effects of the new policy appear to be positive in terms of both economic and resource values.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Deputy Chief, National Forest System, USDA Forest Service

Publication date: November 1, 1979

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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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