Module 3 Introduction

This module provides an introduction to the forest health theory for dealing with forest disturbance. The theory of forest health, a new forest management philosophy, is the future of forest management. The primary objective of forest health theory is to cultivate a healthy and sustainable forest. Concerns about forest fires, pests and other disasters have motivated both forest workers and health care workers to find an ecological and basal solution to forest disturbances. Forest health management and utilization have considerable influence on the stability and sustainability of forest ecosystems. At the national level, forestry policies play a major role in dealing with forest disturbances and forest health protection.

Even though the objectives of forest health have changed with social development, the basic principles and practices of forest health are still valid. In this module both forest pest control and forest fire management are discussed with particular attention paid to the management of invasive species