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Possibilities of use of fire in the forests of the state of Parana

by Soares, R.V.
Publisher: 1975Subject(s): MANEJO FORESTAL | INCENDIOS FORESTALES | REGENERACION NATURAL | BRASIL | FOREST FIRES | NATURAL REGENERATION | BRAZIL | INCENDIE DE FORET | REGENERATION NATURELLE | BRESIL In: Floresta (Brasil) v. 6 (2) p. 46-58 Summary: Attempts have been made to exclude fire from the forests of the State of Parana, through a strong policy of fire prevention and supression. Through fire has been recognized as a powerful and sometimes necessary tool in the management of forests in several countries, no research was made to date in this region to evaluate the possibilities of use of fire in timberland. Through a literature review, some uses of fire in forest management, such as preparation of site, effects on soil, effects on regeneration, reduction of forest fuel, control of parasites and diseases, and improvement of wildlife habitat are discussed. Special emphasis is given to the use for fire in the regeneration of desired species, and a hypothesis about the succession of Brazilian pine (Araucaria angustifolia) is formulated. Some suggestions about possible uses of fire in the management of those forests, however, should be supported by a strong research program.
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Attempts have been made to exclude fire from the forests of the State of Parana, through a strong policy of fire prevention and supression. Through fire has been recognized as a powerful and sometimes necessary tool in the management of forests in several countries, no research was made to date in this region to evaluate the possibilities of use of fire in timberland. Through a literature review, some uses of fire in forest management, such as preparation of site, effects on soil, effects on regeneration, reduction of forest fuel, control of parasites and diseases, and improvement of wildlife habitat are discussed. Special emphasis is given to the use for fire in the regeneration of desired species, and a hypothesis about the succession of Brazilian pine (Araucaria angustifolia) is formulated. Some suggestions about possible uses of fire in the management of those forests, however, should be supported by a strong research program.

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