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Wildfires as an ecosystem service

Author(s): Juli G. Pausas, Jon E. Keeley
Year Published: 2019

Wildfires are often perceived as destructive disturbances, but we propose that when integrating evolutionary and socioecological factors, fires in most ecosystems can be understood as natural processes that provide a variety of benefits to humankind. Wildfires generate open habitats that enable the evolution of a diversity of shade‐intolerant plants and animals that have long benefited humans. There are many provisioning, regulating, and cultural services that people obtain from wildfires, and prescribed fires and wildfire management are tools for mimicking the ancestral role of wildfires in an increasingly populated world.

Citation: Pausas, Juli G.; Keeley, Jon E. 2019. Wildfires as an ecosystem service. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 17(5):289-295. https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.2044|
Topic(s): Fire Communication & Education, Public Perspectives of Fire Management, Fire Ecology
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 19798
FRAMES RCS number: 57844
Record updated: Jul 17, 2019