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The Politics of Wildfire: Lessons from Yellowstone

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Land managers and ecologists generally agree that the 1988 fires in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem were an ecologically important part of a natural disturbance pattern and that little could have been done to stop them. For policymakers, however, the fires were a major public relations failure. Land managers and ecologists need to understand how citizens' and politicians' view of wildfire as a crisis can undermine the stability of natural resource agencies, then find ways to build support for natural fire.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Associate, Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative, Box 2705, Jackson, WY 83001

Publication date: 01 May 1998

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