Dr Rebecca Bunn
Wildfire has been an integral part of Western ecosystems for millennia. Lightning has and still does start most wildfires here in Washington. This sort of disturbance regime is natural, and important to resetting the biological stagnation of our ecosystems. When disturbances occur in a natural, infrequent matter, it promotes competition and biologic diversity within an ecosystem (Urban In Prep). Creatures and plants have evolved against this selective pressure, but things have changed. During the 20th century, the USFS ramped up its wildfire suppression efforts in response to an increase in activity due to the heavy logging during this era,
de Olivera, Adriano, "USFS Fire Crew Internship" (2022). College of the Environment Internship Reports. 78.
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