Forest protection

Forest protection

Loss events such as windfall, bark beetle or game damage present an ever re-occurring challenge to forest staff. These very complex relationships need careful evaluation. Therefore extensive knowledge of causes and counter-measures is essential.

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Invasive Neophytes in the Forest

In Switzerland more and more alien plant species are making an appearance in the forests. When these species escape into the wild, and appear in large numbers, they can eliminate indigenous species, cause economic damage or affect people’s health.

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Crisis Management Handbook

Crisis management – do I need this in my forest? The answer is "Yes"! Hurricanes, forest fires, public dissatisfaction or badly injured forestry workers are only some of the examples of crises and catastrophes which require crisis management by a forestry enterprise.

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Scenario planning – a glimpse into the future

Storms, forest fires, insects or accidents – there are many crisis situations even in forestry. This handbook will help you to prepare for such situations and to cope with them.

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Forest fire fighting crews and equipment

Fighting a forest fire is hard manual labour. Heavy machinery and helicopters are also deployed. In this article a fire crew’s equipment, their fire fighting options and required resources are presented. (20)
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Types and Strategies of Forest Fire Fighting

What types of fire fighting methods can be applied to different sorts of forest fires and what does a successful operational plan look like? These questions, essential for safely and successfully fighting a forest fire, are answered in this article. (28)
Code of behaviour in forest fire risk areas

This answers common questions relating to forest fire precautions: What are the statutory regulations in forest fire risk areas and how should I behave there? What do I have to do when a fire breaks out in a forest?

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Legal basis for forest fire prevention

This article provides information about possible means of financial support and legal regulations in Germany and Austria as well as responsibilities of forest owners to assist in forest fire prevention.

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Public education to prevent forest fires

Forest fires can often be traced back to the careless actions of the public. Therefore an information policy and raising public awareness are important components of forest fire prevention. Which issues should be focussed on?

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Silvicultural measures to prevent forest fires

Silvicultural measures such as forest conversion from a pine monoculture or creating fire breaks and protective strips with fire retardant vegetation significantly reduce the risk of forest fire. (8)
Technical measures to prevent forest fires

What are the things to consider to successfully confront a forest fire? Water extraction points, good roading infrastructure, a functioning monitoring system and a practiced fire fighting team are the keys to success.

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