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Document Type

Yellowstone National Park Report

First Page

99

Last Page

101

Abstract

One objective of establishing Yellowstone National Park was to minimize human influence on the biotic communities. However, from the time of establishment (1872) through 1972, the policy was to suppress forest fires. Since natural fires play an important role in many environments, their importance to the Yellowstone ecosystem is being assessed. Little knowledge exists on avian succession immediately following a forest fire and several years postfire.

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