After the Fires The Ecology of Change in Yellowstone National Park Linda L. Wallace

Publication date:
30 Nov 2011
Yale University Press
400 pages: 235 x 156mm
87 b-w illus.
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The ravaging fires in Yellowstone National Park in 1988 caused grave concern among scientists about the possible short- and longterm repercussions. This book provides the first comprehensive scientific summary of the actual response of the Yellowstone ecosystem to the fires.
Written by experts in wildlife biology, ecosystem science, landscape ecology, and forest science, the book shows not only that many things changed after the fires (for ecological components of the system are interactive) but also that some things did not change. The largest effects of the fires were felt at the smallest scales, and the long-term devastation predicted did not come to pass. The resilience of this naturally functioning ecosystem to these huge fires has important lessons for heavily managed regions.

Linda L. Wallace is Samuel Roberts Noble Presidential Professor and professor of botany at the University of Oklahoma.

?This book is a valuable and much-needed resource for the scientific community.??John Briggs, Arizona State University

?A thorough analysis of the fires, including important comparisons between the park?s two major precipitation regimes. All major aspects of the park receive attention. . . . The emergent picture is of resilient ecosystems; the findings will not only inform national park policy but also provide a model for studying extensive ecosystem disruption. Recommended.??Choice


"Individual chapters provide a wealth of valuable research findings. . . . An excellent overview for anyone who seeks an introduction and, in some cases, substantial depth into the effects of these fires. . . This work is an important addition to the literature on disturbance ecology."?Rick Lawrence, Environmental Sciences