THE CURRENT FIRE POLICY, IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY AND MONITORING FOR THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
Navashni Govender, Brian van Wilgen Izak Smit and Sandra MacFadyen
South African National Parks (SANParks), Kruger National Park, University of Stellenbosch, Department of Botany and Zoology, Centre for Invasion Biology, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Natural Resources and the Environment

 

Abstract

The Kruger National Park has a long history of implementing various fire policies in support of changing conservation goals. This presentation describes recent changes to the fire management policy of the 2 million ha Kruger National Park in South Africa. The previous policy called for the application of fire to meet prescribed burning targets that were set for management subdivisions (based on administrative boundaries), but fire thresholds of potential concern (TPC’s) and monitoring were assessed at the scale of the entire park. The new policy divides the park into five fire management zones based on mean annual rainfall, historic fire return periods, and geology. Fire management actions are proposed to address ecological concerns in each zone. For the first time, monitoring of the new fire policy includes both ecological and fire-regime related thresholds against which to assess the outcomes of management. The current adaptive fire management approach is supported by the recent development of a decision support tool capable of automatically calculating several fire metrics including area burnt, fire frequency, fuel loads and fire intensity for various spatial and temporal scales.

 

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THE CURRENT FIRE POLICY, IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY AND MONITORING FOR THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
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