Wildfires as an ecosystem service

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
By:  and 

Links

Abstract

Wildfires are often viewed as destructive disturbances. We propose that when including both evolutionary and socioecological scales, most ecosystem fires can be understood as natural processes that provide a variety of benefits to humankind. Wildfires provide open habitats that enable the evolution of a diversity of shade-intolerant plants and animals that have long been used by humans. There are many provisioning, regulating, and cultural services that we obtain from wildfires; prescribed fires and wildfire management are tools for mimicking the ancestral role of wildfires in a highly populated world.

Additional publication details

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Wildfires as an ecosystem service
Series title Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
DOI 10.1002/fee.2044
Volume 17
Issue 5
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher The Ecological Society of America
Contributing office(s) Western Ecological Research Center
Description 7 p.
First page 289
Last page 295