Special Issue "Effects of Post-Fire Management Activities on Forests"
A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2017).
Interests: forests fire; forests ecology; prescribed fires, soils, hydrology
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Significant changes in the configuration of forest ecosystems, when not related to climate, are frequently caused by the action of fires. Repeated fires can result in a different ecosystem than expected when solely considering the climatic situation in which it is located. Fire acts as an essential ecological factor for the distribution of biomes on Earth.
There are many factors that are responsible for changing fire regimes, their intensity, and their recurrence:
- Widespread rural abandonment resulting in the accumulation of fuel.
- The rapid extinguishment of small fires, due to increased efficiency of modern firefighting techniques, which has led to eradication of the ecological role of fire.
- Land-use changes.
- The replacement of native species with more productive, fast-growing species.
- Global warming.
After a forest fire occurs, there is a question of whether to act, and if so, which types of post-fire management techniques to perform. Performing management actions in areas affected by fires is crucial for their recovery, but sometimes post-fire management may have more of an effect on the environment than the fire itself. This must be carefully studied and corrected.
Of special interest is the study of certain post-fire management techniques and their possible effects, such as:
- The best approach to extracting burnt wood.
- Usage of mulch treatment after a fire occurrence to avoid soil degradation.
- The reduction of the vegetation density, to avoid a high accumulation of fuel sources after a fire.
It would also be interesting to learn about the effects that prescribed fires, utilized as a management tool, can have on different forest ecosystems, as well as whether there are possible land-use changes after forest fire occurrences.
The objective of this Special Issue is to learn about types of post-fire management techniques that can guarantee the preservation of forest ecology and also, from an economic point of view, preserve potential forest-based business models that rely on forest products. Utilizing these management techniques should avoid negative processes, diseases, erosion, or detrimental contributions to forest structures, which can cause renewed and severe forest fires.
Dr. Xavier Úbeda
Dr. Victoria Arcenegui
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Forests is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
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- Forests fires
- Forest management
- Forest ecosystems
- Post-fire actions
- Vegetation recovery