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- DescriptionDavid Strohmaier's long career as a firefighter has given him intimate kwledge of wildfire and its complex role in the natural world of the American West. It has also given him rare understanding of the painful losses that are a consequence of fire. Strohmaier addresses our ambivalence about fire and the realities of loss to it. He also examines the process of renewal that is yet ather consequence of such destruction, from the infusion of essential nutrients into the soil, to the sprouting of seeds that depend on intense heat for germination, to the renewal of species as the land restores itself. Drift Smoke is a powerful and moving meditation on wildfire by someone who has seen it in all its terror and beauty, who has lost colleagues and beloved terrain to its ferocity, and who has also seen new life sprouting in the ashes. The debate over the role and control of fire in the West will t end soon, but Strohmaier's contribution to the debate will help us to better appreciate both the complexity of the issues and the possibilities of fresh solutions.
- Author BiographyDavid J. Strohmaier is a historian with Historical Research Associates in Missoula, Montana. He worked for fifteen seasons as a wildland firefighter for the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service.
- PublisherUniversity of Nevada Press
- Date of Publication15/03/2009
- SubjectEnvironment & Ecology: General Interest
- Place of PublicationReno
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Nevada Press
- Weight186 g
- Width127 mm
- Height191 mm
- Spine12 mm
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