Environmental Studies Program


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Environmental Studies Undergraduate Student Thesis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2023


Copyright 2023, Liam Doherty-Herwitz


This study was conducted entirely online with occasional help from advisors and editors on zoom meetings. I completed the research in Lincoln, Nebraska. A meta analysis of online data has been conducted to form the answers to my hypotheses and research questions. I used specific keywords and phrases in research databases, and search engines such as google scholar to point me towards the answers I was looking for. The keywords and phrases were split up into four different categories which are mitigation techniques, ecosystems, fire severity: PNW, and fire season: PNW. The reason the topics land preservation and fire science merged for this specific project was because of the natural worlds’ growing need for support and understanding. Not only does work need to be done to preserve the natural world, but we must also minimize other work that has been previously given a good reputation. When fighting fires, the main goal is to contain, control, and suppress them. What a lot of people lack in understanding is that ecosystems, specifically in the Pacific Northwest, need wildfire to be healthy. If we do not let wildfire run its course then environmental quality will diminish. Nutrient cycles are rejuvenated by the wildfires in the spring. The more land we preserve today, the more natural beauty future generations will be able to enjoy in the future. Finally, the effects that nature can have on the human condition are . Images and sounds of nature demonstrate beneficial physiological/stress and psychological (Bratman et al. 2019). The purpose of this project is to create awareness of the good that fires can provide. Creating separation between massive wildfires and their reputations from smaller fires that are necessary for the health of an ecosystem. Among the highlights of the research are two main important findings. The first is that there is no accuracy behind the idea of the best mitigation technique. The best strategy to contain or control a wildfire is using a range of different techniques in conjunction. The other main finding that was accrued from the research is that wildfires are imperative to the long term health of a natural ecosystem in the Pacific Northwest.