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A Note on Fire-Based Ecosystems

Agro-forestry sector burning for the above purposes should never be confused with practices used in the maintenance of “wildlands” (natural, especially virgin forests and grasslands), including immediate wildfire protection.  Wildland ecologists and managers have fought for years for recognition of the role natural fires play in preserving some of these ecosystems, where periodic fire plays an integral role in their natural cycle; and without which they soon degrade.  Under natural conditions however, such fires occur in wildland systems only on decadal or more time scales, quite different to annual or even more frequent burning on lands already used by humans for agriculture or forestry, and which are no longer in anything resembling a natural or “wildlands” state.