Landscape Ecology of Wildfires in Western North America

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Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute

Welcome to our project website. This project is broadly focused on fire ecology and management in the western North America and more specifically on understanding the landscape ecology of wildfires and the role of wildland fire use (or prescribed natural fire) on wildfire disturbance regimes and landscape vegetation patterns.

We hope you will enjoy our project web site. It is designed for easy access to information about our project, including photos, presentations, and project updates. Please contact us with your comments, questions and suggestions, or to be added to our mailing list for announcement of updates.

About The Principal Investigators

This project is headed up by the following principal investigators at the University of Massachusetts, Department of Environmental Conservation:

  • Sandra Haire -- Landscape ecologist; responsible for project management, reporting and generally getting all the work done.
  • Kevin McGarigal --Landscape ecologist; responsible for conceptual development and general project oversight.

What's In This Website?

The link below is a redirect to Dr. Haire's website, where all information pertaining to this research program will be maintained and updated:


We thank the following organizations for supporting this project: Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, US Forest Service; The Nature Conservancy; University of Massachusetts, Amherst; American Association of University Women; and US Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Kevin McGarigal
Department of Environmental Conservation
University of Massachusetts
304 Holdsworth Natural Resources Center
Box 34210, Amherst, MA 01003
Fax: (413) 545-4358; Phone: (413) 577-0655

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