Although deforestation is not as drastic in the Democratic republic of the Congo as it is in other African countries, there was a fear that soon deforestation would escalate to drastic amounts in the near future. This fear arose from the long standing tradition of slash and burn farming, which involves cutting down trees and burning large plots of trees. The ash from the trees makes the soil very fertile and good for growing crops. This type of farming has steadily become more popular, and the fear is that it will soon be a major problem in the Congo. The main area that this is concentrated in the Kinshasa and Bas-Congo provinces, around mid-sized cities. The local impacts of these areas are significant. However, due to some reserves, parks, and other measures taken to try to preserve some of the forests in the Congo, it is now becoming more widely believed that the slash and burn farming will not have a global effect in the Congo.