Plants have a variety of responses to fire. Unlike wildlife that can flee and return to enjoy the benefits of fresh growth and abundant flowering a fruiting, plants must stay in place when fire sweeps across the landscape.
To understand what happens after fire, protected area managers can benefit from monitoring fire effects.
Though researchers are important partners in learning about fire, academics often select variables and study design that differs from the operational needs of managers. Research is often short term and published in obscure journals beyond the reach of field personnel.
Dos Fuegos Fire Management has designed a simple and easy method for protected area managers to establish long-term photo points and collect useful data for decision making.
Good data with associated photo points can also help to communicate to colleagues and critics the results of any fire.
Fire Effects monitoring helps managers go beyond guessing or relying on short term studies to learn how wildlife habitat and ecosystems respond to fire.
Dos Fuegos Fire Management can train you and your field staff to collect data and observations that put science in your hands to make cost effective decisions for your specific area.
The earth is a fire planet. Most landscape burn and many ecosystems need fire to maintain biodiversity. Yet protected area managers and fire suppression advocates have mismanaged flammable vegetation and created a global nightmare under the belief they were “protecting” the environment.
Recent archeological work in Pech de l’Azé IV (Dordogne, France), a collapsed cave with an approximately three meter sequence of well preserved, primarily anthropogenic sediments that show unambiguous evidence of Neandertal use of fire. The faunal assemblage, which suggests a temperate, wooded environment, has evidence for the exploitation of some small game, and provides possible evidence for some non-subsistence related activities.
Fire is deep in our DNA and history. To be fully human is to know the transformative work of fire.
It is time to reclaim our use and understanding of fire.
In the modern world we can understand fire by using fire. If the Neandertals could do it, we can do to.
If you would like to restore your relationship with fire with science based techniques contact dosfuegos.org. We can help you with your relationship with fire.
Wildfires threatens the planet and prescribed fire promotes biodiversity.
Protected area managers and wildland fire managers must understand fire to make good decisions.
Dos Fuegos Fire Management can help!
Dos Fuegos specializes in solving fire management problems using fire effects monitoring, fire behavior and fuels assessments in fire prone ecosystems.
What do we do?
Our work bridges the gap between science and management.
We have developed techniques and protocols so that field personnel can use these to solve real world management questions. We develop fuel models and fire effects monitoring programs to provide solutions for ecosystem management.
Our services provide field based monitoring data to assist decision makers with the best available science to address the impacts of fire.
Why do we do what we do?
Due to decades of fire suppression, many fires are threatening ecosystems, life and property. Many ecosystems are fire adapted and need to burn to preserve and increase their biodiversity. Managing fire can help by decreasing fuel accumulation to reduce wildfire damages to society and nature. To effectively manage fire, practitioners and decision makers need both good operational expertise as well as scientific data to make decisions