F&ES 650 / 2018-2019

Fire: Science and Policy

Credits: 3



This course examines the ecological, social, and policy implications of forest and grassland fire. Topics include the historical and cultural role of fire, fire behavior, fire regimes, fire ecology, the use of fire in ecosystem restoration, historical and current fire policy in the United States and elsewhere, and controversies around suppressing fires and post-fire rehabilitation practices. Conditions permitting, the course also involves implementing a prescribed fire to achieve management goals in restoring meadow and oak savanna at Yale Myers Forest. Field trips to fire-regulated landscapes in the northeastern United States and meetings with state fire use and fire management personnel provide additional perspectives. Students are expected to participate in discussions and to present two or three case studies on various aspects of fire. Enrollment limited to fifteen.

Limited to 15