Landowners and managers, municipalities, the logging and livestock industries, and conservation professionals all increasingly recognize that setting prescribed fires may reduce the devastating effects of wildfire, control invasive brush and weeds, improve livestock range and health, maintain wildlife habitat, control parasites, manage forest lands, remove hazardous fuel in the wildland-urban interface, and create residential buffer zones.
In this practical and helpful manual, John R. Weir, who has conducted more than 720 burns in four states, offers a step-by-step guide to the systematic application of burning to meet specific land management needs and goals.
What Readers Are Saying:
". . . Experienced practitioners will benefit from reading this book as well as neophytes in the field."-Ron Masters,
director of research, Tall Timbers Research Station
"Empowering land managers working to reinvigorate vanishing fire cultures in our increasingly complex environment is well fleshed out in this book by John Weir. . In his book Weir takes this big-picture approach and thoughtfully addresses virtually every facet of prescribed-fire management, and the safety of the public and those on the fire line is a common thread throughout. A manual such as this has been much needed, and the author should be applauded for this effort. . . Any reader will be engaged with and will benefit from the lessons shared by this highly experienced burner. . . as I neared the end of the book I realized that both a private landowner wanting to burn a small pasture for the first time or the professional burning thousands of acres per year would benefit greatly from reading this book, and I began thinking of all the people with whom I want to share it. I will always keep my copy at hand, and I consider it a valuable reference; however, given the notes I wrote in the margins of virtually every page, I do look forward to a second edition." — Ray Guse, Prescribed Fire Specialist, Rangelands