From the Publisher
Complete with a 32-page full-color field guide to the common plants, birds, and animals that dwell in the chaparral, this book is a "must-have" for natural history buffs, as well as those Southern Californians interested in learning more about their natural surroundings.
From the Author
There are many voices in this book, each with a wealth of experience living within and studying the chaparral of southern California. But the message delivered is a consistent, coherent one that will offer you an honest description of what we know today about the chaparral and its intimate relationship to fire.
As you continue investigating the subject it will become quite clear there are a significant number of opinions relating to fire management that are opposed to one another. It is difficult for the average individual to wade through it all and decide who is right. Try it. But be sure you look at the data and analyze it for yourself. Do not allow a well drawn map or a persuasive argument hijack your objectivity. Analyze the data and ask questions, even if it makes you or those you ask uncomfortable or defensive.
Sometimes it just takes listening to a new perspective and examining data with a more critical eye to help see the truth.
Richard W. Halsey