Integrated spatial fire and forest management planning
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Mauricio A. Acuna; Cristian D. Palma; Wenbin Cui; David L. Martell; Andres Weintraub
Publication Year: 2010

Cataloging Information

  • Alberta
  • boreal forests
  • Canada
  • fire damage (property)
  • fire frequency
  • fire management
  • fire protection
  • fire size
  • fire suppression
  • forest management
  • ignition
  • logging
  • rate of spread
  • roads
  • statistical analysis
  • succession
  • suppression
  • wildfires
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 25050
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Journals - C
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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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. © 2010 National Research Council of Canada, NCR Research Press. Abstract reproduced by permission.

Acuna, M. A., C. D. Palma, W. B. Cui, D. L. Martell, and A. Weintraub. 2010. Integrated spatial fire and forest management planning. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, v. 40, no. 12, p. 2370-2383. 10.1139/X10-151.