Romanowski Lecture Series: Towards ecosystem management of the Canadian boreal forest

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015
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University of New Brunswick, Fredericton Campus

Dr. Yves Bergeron, FRSC, Professor at Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue and at Université du Québec à Montréal, will discuss research collaborations that are under way to develop these new approaches. The Canadian boreal forest constitutes one of the last frontier forests in the world. But it is a forest under pressure. Traditional cutting practices have resulted in a greatly decreased percentage of old-growth forest. Fire – a source of soil disturbance that increases fertility – has been suppressed. The forest, once a patchwork of stands of different ages, is now characterized by large cutovers with small and highly fragmented islands of older forest. A change in modern forest management, from simply harvesting wood to managing all forest resources, requires new strategies. Forest managers need ways to reproduce the dominant attributes of natural forests, using practices that emulate natural disturbances and forest dynamics.