Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-262) and index.
Introduction : the national parks and fire -- 1. Fighting fire on horseback : the military in the national parks, 1872-1916 -- 2. The development of a fire management structure -- 3. A decade of transformation : the new deal and fire policy -- 4. Ecology and the limits of suppression in the Postwar Era -- 5. Allowing fire in the national park system -- 6. Managing fire -- 7. Yellowstone and the politics of disaster -- 8. The hazard of new fortunes: Outlet, Cerro Grande, and the twenty-first century -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
National parks played a unique role in the development of wildfire management on American public lands. With a different mission and meaning to the public, they were a psychic battleground for the contests between fire suppression and its use as a management tool. This tells how the national parks shaped federal fire management.
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