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Integrated spacial fire and forest management planning


Acuna, MA and Palma, C and Cui, W and Martell, B and Weintraub, A, Integrated spacial fire and forest management planning , Canadian Journal of Forest Research , 40, (12) pp. 2370-2383. ISSN 1208-6037 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1139/x10-151


Forest management planners usually treat potential fire loss estimates as exogenous parameters in their timber production planning processes. When they do so, they do not account for the fact that forest access road construction, timber harvesting, and silvicultural activities can alter a landscape's vegetation or fuel composition, and they ignore the possibility that such activities may influence future fire losses. We develop an integrated fire and forest management planning methodology that accounts for and exploits such interactions. Our methodology is based on fire occurrence, suppression, and spread models, a fire protection value model that identifies crucial stands, the harvesting of which can have a significant influence on the spread of fires across the landscape, and a spatially explicit timber harvest scheduling model. We illustrate its use by applying it to a forest management unit in the boreal forest region of the province of Alberta in western Canada. We found that for our study area, integrated fire - forest management planning based on our methodology could result in an 8.1% increase in net present value when compared with traditional planning in which fire loss is treated as an exogenous factor.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Timber Harvest scheilding, forest management planning model, firesmart forest management, fire management
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Natural resource management
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Forestry
Objective Field:Forestry not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Acuna, MA (Mr Mauricio Acuna)
ID Code:68292
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:38
Deposited By:Architecture
Deposited On:2011-03-10
Last Modified:2011-04-20

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