Forest Fires and Forest Management Plans

BAYSAL İ., BİLGİLİ E., Baskent E. Z.

KASTAMONU UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF FORESTRY FACULTY, vol.16, no.1, pp.169-180, 2016 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 16 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.169-180
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This study discusses the rationality of the integration of forest fires into forest management planning. Forest ecosystems change and evolve constantly. Natural disasters like fire, insects, hurricanes and human interventions are the most important determinants of this change and development occurring in forest ecosystems. Being extremely unpredictable and stochastic events as to when and where to occur and how much area to affect, forest fires are the most important sources of risk and uncertainty. The distinguishing parameters of ecosystem dynamics in forests with frequent fire occurrence such as species diversity, age class distributions, patch dynamics and succession are closely related with fire regime components such as fire intensity, fire severity, fire season, fire frequency and fire cycle. Investigation, understanding and integration of these relationships and interactions into the planning is crucial for sustainable management of forest ecosystems.