Fire management options in Canada's National Parks
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): N. Lopoukhine; C. White
Editor(s): D. E. Dube
Publication Year: 1983

Cataloging Information

  • Alberta
  • Canada
  • distribution
  • fire dependent species
  • fire frequency
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire scar analysis
  • fire suppression
  • fuel appraisal
  • ignition
  • national parks
  • prescribed fires (chance ignition)
  • wildfires
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 9602
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Fire management in Canada's national parks is facing other alternatives besides traditional suppression. The 1979 Parks Canada Policy permits a full range of options while the Natural Resources Management Process (NRMP) provides the framework by which specific options will be determined and approved. Banff National Park's lower Bow Valley contains a high capital development, a high visitation number, and a fire-prone vegetation. This provides a setting for a simulated fire program where the negative exponential distribution of fire intervals is reinstated through the use of randomly scheduled planned ignitions. Potential constraints to the realization of such a program vary from public and internal perceptions of such a program to the ability of matching the natural fire intensities in certain sensitive areas of the park. A vegetation plan approved through the NRMP is a key to fire management in national parks. Such a plan must initially be formulated on sound ecological principles and then modified in accordance to management requirements and constraints.

Lopoukhine, N., and C. White. 1983. Fire management options in Canada's National Parks, in Dube, D. E., Proceedings of the Intermountain Fire Council 1983 Fire Management Workshop. Northern Forest Research Centre, Canadian Forestry Service, p. 59-68,Information Report NOR-X-271.