Canadian Forest Service Publications

Fire-smart forest management: a pragmatic approach to sustainable forest management in fire-dominated ecosystems. 2001. Hirsch, K.G.; Kafka, V.; Tymstra, C.; McAlpine, R.S.; Hawkes, B.C.; Stegehuis, H.; Quintilio, S.; Gauthier, S.; Peck, K. Forestry Chronicle 77(2): 357-363.

Year: 2001

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 18572

Language: English

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DOI: 10.5558/tfc77357-2

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Sustainable forest management in many of Canada's forest ecosystems requires simultaneously minimizing the socioeconomic impacts of fire and maximizing its ecological benefits. A pragmatic approach to addressing these seemingly conflicting objectives is fire-smart forest management. This involves planning and conducting forest management and fire management activities in a fully integrated manner at both the stand and landscape levels. This paper describes the concept of fire-smart forest management, discusses its need and benefits, and explores challenges to effective implementation. Key words: forest fire management, fire-smart forest management, landscape fire assessment, sustainable forest management