An emerging fire management issue in Canada: forest-fire fuels
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Martin E. Alexander
Publication Year: 2002

Cataloging Information

  • boreal forest
  • Canada
  • fire management
  • fuels management
Partner Site(s):
Record Maintained By:
Record Last Modified: January 10, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 10952


Excpert: "A preliminary study of the issue of managing fuels on the boreal fire landscape suggests that it's just as "daunting" a task in the boreal forest as it is in dry forest type ecosystems of southern British Columbia. However, not all areas are equally at risk. Assessments need to be carried out and priorities established. There are admittedly many knowledge gaps to be addressed (e.g., variations in fuel flammability in time and space, spot fire behavior). Nevertheless, what we can't do is simply wait. The forestry community in Canada has a responsibility and the related experiences to start addressing a problem that was certainly not foreseen when they received their early forestry school training. The issues are so subtle as to almost make them imperceptible in the short-term. The long-term consequences are however, horrific. It's time we acknowledge this!"

Online Link(s):
Link to this document (216 KB; pdf)
Alexander, M. E. 2002. An emerging fire management issue in Canada: forest-fire fuels. Canadian Silviculture 2002(Fall):5, 14-15.