Canadian Forest Service Publications

National Workshop on Wildland Fire Activity in Canada - policy implications. (Atelier national sur l’ampleur des incendies de végétation au Canada - Incidences sur les politiques). 1997. Simard, A.J. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Headquarters, Science Branch, Ottawa. Information Report ST-X-12. 9 p.

Year: 1997

Issued by: National Capital Region

Catalog ID: 10324

Language: English / French

Series: Information Report (CFS - Ottawa)

Availability: PDF (download)

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In April 1996 the Canadian Forest Service brought together fire experts to determine the causes and effects of escalating wildland fire activity in Canada and to recommend appropriate responses. Two documents resulted from the workshop, one outlining policy implications, the other summarizing the discussions (see National Workshop on Wildland Fire Activity in Canada - Workshop Report). The workshop concluded that the apparent trend of increasing fire activity most likely resulted from a complex combination of many causes, one of which might be climate change. Participants agreed that the escalating fire activity, coupled with declining budgets, could substantially reduce the effectiveness of fire management. The workshop recommended that substance be given to policies that state that fire suppression costs should be proportional to values at risk and that fire should assume a more natural role in managing the landscape. Key workshop recommendations were organized into four policy issues: fire regimes and sustainable forestry, fire management responsibility, public participation, and current scientific and technical knowledge of wildland fire.