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Blazing HeritageA History of Wildland Fires and National Parks$
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Hal K. Rothman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195311167

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311167.001.0001

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Allowing Fire in the National Park System

Allowing Fire in the National Park System

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(p.101) FIVE ALLOWING FIRE IN THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM
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Blazing Heritage
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Hal K. Rothman (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311167.003.0006

This chapter focuses on a revolution in the National Park Service's fire policy. The agency decided to allow fires at national parks to “run their course” so long as they stayed within pre-established boundaries and contributed to management objectives. The introduction of fire as a tool in NPS policy also reflected larger changes in federal philosophies and in American society in general.

Keywords:   national parks, fire management, National Park Service, fire policy

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