Written Paper

Forest pyrology in Russia: achievements and problems  [2017]

Tsvetkov, P.A., Russian Academy of Sciences. Siberian Branch, Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation). The V.N. Sukachiev Inst. of Forest Science

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The state of the Russian forest pyrology from the beginning of the XXI century to present time was examined. The most pressing problems of basic and applied research of forest fire scientists for the last years were defined. The identification of fire's role as a permanent ecological and evolutional factor of formation and growth of forests was considered to be the aim of basic research. Applied developments include improvement and increase of efficiency of forest protection, estimation, and reasonable usage of positive fire role in a forest. The results of main basic and applied developments of scientists from Siberia, Far East, Urals and the European Russia were given. It is stated that by now, forest pyrology accumulated a significant amount of theoretical and applied knowledge. The results of investigations are the basis for planning of fire fighting, selection of means and methods of fire suppression, increase of efficiency of forest protection, estimation and reasonable usage of positive fire role. The foundations of pyroecology as a science of ecological and evolutional role of forest fires were laid down. In total, the results of investigations of Russian scientists were considered as the uniform system of knowledge of forest fire nature and methods of fire suppressions. In spite of this, the modern state of forest pyrology in Russia could not be evaluated as satisfactory, especially after enactment of the new RF Forest Code since January 1, 2007.
An in-depth analysis of strategic, tactic and technical questions of forest protection from fires must become the purpose of further research. Solving this problem requires activating applied research, especially in fire dangerous areas, creating a forest pyrology unit in academic forest institutions.

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Siberian Journal of Forest Science

ISSN : 2311-1410