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After the FiresThe Ecology of Change in Yellowstone National Park$
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Linda L. Wallace

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300100488

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300100488.001.0001

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Ten Years After the 1988 Yellowstone Fires: Is Restoration Needed?

Ten Years After the 1988 Yellowstone Fires: Is Restoration Needed?

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(p.318) Chapter 14 Ten Years After the 1988 Yellowstone Fires: Is Restoration Needed?
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After the Fires
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William H. Romme

Monica G. Turner

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300100488.003.0014

This chapter discusses the need for restoration ten years after the 1988 Yellowstone fires. The fires of 1998 were the largest fires in history recorded in the Yellowstone region. The size and severity of the 1998 fires led many people to conclude that the park had been destroyed and that the National Park Service had been remiss in not actively intervening to prevent such fires prior to 1988. A set of general criteria by which we can evaluate the need for active intervention to restore degraded ecological conditions is presented. Given the constraints on statistical analysis of Yellowstone's fire history, a conservative, semi-quantitative assessment based on the frequency of decades in which large fires occurred during the period of park management compared with the preceding reference period is made.

Keywords:   Yellowstone fire, National Park Services, restoration, fire history, park management

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