D.R.E.Am. Italia has been the first in Italy to develop a plan providing for enhancement and maintenance of forest firebreaks by prescribed burning.
The forest firebreaks of this area, designed and implemented at the end of 1960’s, needed to be redesigned in the light of meteorological conditions change, of fuel models variation, and of maintenance sustainability.
This innovative project took into consideration the old network of forest firebreaks (30 firebreaks, 42 km, 85 hectares), redesigning and enhancing it through activities related to present fuel models and to local fires behaviour.
The resulting new network is made of 18 forest firebreaks, 27 km and 53 hectares. Improvement and maintenance every four years have been designed, when possible, by using prescribed burning, and by defining measures, operational procedures and methods.
D.R.E.Am. Italia, in collaboration with the Region of Tuscany and the University of Florence, monitors also areas where prescribed burning activities have been carried out, contributing on degree thesis that cover study of prescribed burning effects on vegetation, fauna and soil.