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Post-Fire Restoration Plan for Sustainable Forest Management in South Korea

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Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 5H5, Canada
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Division of Forest Restoration, National Institute of Forest Science, Seoul 02455, Korea
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Division of Forest Genetic Resources, National Institute of Forest Science, Suwon 16631, Korea
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Division of Forest Resources, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Chonnam National University, 77, Yongbong-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju 61186, Korea
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Academic Editors: Xavier Úbeda and Victoria Arcenegui
Forests 2017, 8(6), 188; https://doi.org/10.3390/f8060188
Received: 19 March 2017 / Revised: 22 May 2017 / Accepted: 25 May 2017 / Published: 30 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Effects of Post-Fire Management Activities on Forests)
This review was to determine a standard post-fire restoration strategy for use in South Korea according to the magnitude of the damage and the condition of the affected site. The government has strongly enforced reforestation in deforested areas as well as fire prevention and suppression since the 1960s. These efforts have successfully recovered dense even-aged forests over the last five decades. However, high fuel loading and the homogeneous structure have made forests vulnerable to large fires. In recent years, large forest fires have occurred in the eastern coastal region of Korea. Forest fires can significantly influence the economic and social activities of the residents of such affected forest regions. Burned areas may require urgent and long-term restoration strategies, depending on the condition of the affected site. Erosion control is the most important component of an urgent restoration and should be completed before a rainy season to prevent secondary damage such as landslides and sediment runoff in burned areas. Long-term restoration is necessary to renew forest functions such as timber production, water conservation, ecosystem conservation, and recreation for residents. Sound restoration for burned areas is critical for restoring healthy ecological functions of forests and providing economic incentives to local residents. View Full-Text
Keywords: ecosystem function; large burned area; long-term restoration; urgent restoration ecosystem function; large burned area; long-term restoration; urgent restoration
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Ryu, S.-R.; Choi, H.-T.; Lim, J.-H.; Lee, I.-K.; Ahn, Y.-S. Post-Fire Restoration Plan for Sustainable Forest Management in South Korea. Forests 2017, 8, 188.

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