The aim of this work is on one side to implement a GIS methodology to create maps of forests with particular protective function and on the other side to furnish new information to define the risk type from the point of view of the forest planning and management with the greatest possible detail. To locate the real forests with particular protective function (bpfp) that is those forests with particular protective function that directly protect human life or important objects, a classification of the objects in order of importance has been carried out. The comparison between bpfp and forests classified with protective function in the tradictional management plans has highlighted the need to reconsider the concept of forest protection. The method has permitted to obtain a quick delimitation of bpfp, with a procedure that can be exported and adapted to other different situations. In particular, with the aid of GRASS detailed maps that distinguish bpfp depending on different criteria have been obtained and these maps can be really effective to make easier the phase of the planning of sylviculture. 1. Preamble This research has been carried out in a very particular time for the Italian forest planning. Th
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