Research Results Provide Important New Guidance for Ecological Forestry in Eastern and Central Canada

by NationTalk on September 19, 20071075 Views

New book for forest practitioners to be pre-launched, changes in logging practices recommended

QUEBEC CITY, Sept. 18 – The results from research projects led by Québec researcher Dr. Sylvie Gauthier and a large team of scientists from across Canada are providing important new guidance for the ways in which tree harvesting can be used to effectively mimic natural forest disturbances. Following the recommendations of Québec’s Coulombe Commission, which called for more ecologically-sensitive forest practices, researchers of the Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Network are filling gaps in knowledge about how fire, insects, and other natural disturbances affect Canadian forests. They are finding that by changing logging practices, forestry companies can create conditions similar to natural disturbances as a way to preserve forest biodiversity. Here are some selected research highlights:

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These and other findings will be discussed at a SFM Network workshop at the Carrefour Conference on Forestry Research – Room 206 B, Québec Congress Centre, Quebec City on September 19, 2007, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Among the organizations whose research will be featured include: Abitibi-Bowater, Tembec, Louisiana Pacific, and the Québec provincial government. Following this workshop, at 5:00 p.m., there will be a pre-launch of a new book for forest practitioners on ecosystem-based management edited by Dr. Sylvie Gauthier.

Media are invited to attend the workshop and book pre-launch. Interview and photo opportunities will be available. SFM Network Conference Link: http://www.sfmnetwork.ca/html/events_workshops_f.html

About The Sustainable Forest Management Network

The Sustainable Forest Management Network, a Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE), facilitates collaborative, applied research partnerships among 30 industry, government, Aboriginal, and non-government partners in supporting the work of 196 researchers. Their research efforts are accomplished thanks to more than 300 highly qualified personnel working at 38 participating institutions across Canada. The Network’s objective is to bring all these partners together to explore the foundations of sustainable forest management using the best available knowledge by considering the three dimensions of sustainability (ecological, economic and social, including scientific and traditional ecological knowledge).

For further information: Anne Godbout, SFM Network, (514) 398-8697, anne.godbout@mcgill.ca; Dr. Sylvie Gauthier, Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, (418) 648-5829, sgauthier@cfl.forestry.ca

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