The ephemeral forms that fire takes as it sweeps through the landscape of southwest Wisconsin, renewing patchworks of prairie, forest, and savanna, are the subject of this book. Jill Metcoff pairs her photographs from controlled burns with historical commentary, poetic reflections, and her own observations to construct a vibrant narrative of prose and imagery. Firelines brings us intimately close to the power, swiftness, and mystery of the purposeful use of fire as practiced over millennia.
"Graphically portrays the rejuvenation of the landscape enabled by fire, something that has been a part of the natural landscape for millennia. Visit with her and enjoy this natural wonder."
"Jill Metcoff's elegant photographs have the power to transform conversations about land stewardship across the country, illuminating the ties that bind people to place. Her sense of her own place at this fragile moment in time is as stark as her black-and-white images, her perspective as broad as her panoramic lens. Through it we see that native American landscapes that have been hemmed in, plowed under, and converted to monocultures can bloom again, rewilding the geography of home." Stephen Longmire, author and photographer of Life and Death on the Prairie
Fifteen Years of Living with Fire
Casting Flame: Some Whens, Whys, and Hows of Controlled Burns
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