Bulletin: Fire and Forethought

Submitted by fl_admin on Wed, 11/18/2015 - 09:44

Greek mythology tells of two races that came before humans:  the gods and the Titans.  Prometheus, one of the Titans, not only created the first man but also stole fire from the gods and gave it to humankind.  The name Prometheus comes from the Greek word for “forethought,” which also translates as “careful thinking and planning.”  Today, a commitment like that of Prometheus drives RMRS’ Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) team, whose goal is to provide information on fire for managers.  The newest Bulletin, Fire and Forethought: Fire Effects Syntheses are a Powerful Tool for Planning and Management across Resource Fields, by recently retired FFS Ecologist Jane Kapler Smith and Technical Information Specialists Robin Innes and Janet Fryer, Missoula, among others, describes how the FEIS team compiles and synthesizes information about fire regimes and fire effects.  FEIS bases its collection of peer-reviewed publications on thorough literature searches, often supplemented with insights from field scientists and managers.