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Resources 2018, 7(2), 26; https://doi.org/10.3390/resources7020026

Ecological Impact of Forest Fires and Subsequent Restoration in Chile

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Departamento de Ingeniería Industrial, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Santiago 9170124, Chile
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División de Investigación Pesquera, Instituto de Fomento Pesquero, Valparaíso 2361827, Chile
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Instituto de Estadística, Universidad de Valparaíso, Valparaíso 2360102, Chile
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Facultad de Administración y Economía, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Santiago 9170022, Chile
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Facultad de Ingeniería, Ciencia y Tecnología, Universidad Bernardo O’Higgins, Santiago 8370993, Chile
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Received: 22 January 2018 / Revised: 22 March 2018 / Accepted: 6 April 2018 / Published: 11 April 2018
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This note analyzes the effects forest fires in Chile have on vegetation and subsequent ecological restoration. We analyze why forest fires have been a main factor that affects the environment and causes the ecosystem to deteriorate, leading to loss of native forests, species extinction, damage to the urban population, and others. The data examined are derived from fire hotspots in Chile’s central and central-south zones ( 33 00 S– 41 57 S) between 1985 and 2017. We also analyze some key aspects for restoration priorities such as studying affected areas and posterior consequences. Finally, we evaluate actions the country has already taken, and propose further appropriate preventive and restoration measures. View Full-Text
Keywords: forest fires; native woods; ecological restoration; forest resources; Chile forest fires; native woods; ecological restoration; forest resources; Chile
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Valderrama, L.; Contreras-Reyes, J.E.; Carrasco, R. Ecological Impact of Forest Fires and Subsequent Restoration in Chile. Resources 2018, 7, 26.

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