Canadian Forest Service Publications

The use of vegetation management in Canadian forest regeneration programs. 1992. Brand, D.G. Pages 113-124 in Proceedings of a Conference on Vegetation Management in Forestry, Amenity and Conservation Areas, April 7-9, 1992. Aspects of Applied Biology 29, Warwick, United Kingdom.

Year: 1992

Issued by: National Capital Region

Catalog ID: 10731

Language: English

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Forest management in Canada has been under increasing public scrutiny in recent years and one result has been a changing view of how to manage forest regeneration after harvesting. Past programs concentrated on increasing the rate of tree planting and the use of herbicides for vegetation control. However, just as these programs were beginning to reach full force, public opinion shifted away from an agrarian ethic to one giving greater importance to preservation of natural features in the forest. The result has been a broad reorientation of forest research and silviculture programs towards site specific design of forest regeneration activities. Some of the key elements of this new strategy are:

a. development of a better understanding of the environmental requirements of commercial tree species during the regeneration period;

b. development of a better understanding of the autecology of non-crop vegetation;

c. development of the use of bio-control agenets instead of synthetic chemical herbicides; and

d. development of decision support systems to improve the application of knowledge about forest ecology in reforestation programs.

These new tools are leading to a more sophisticated approach to forest management. This new approach must consider the implications of vegetation management activities on not only the optimization of timber production, but also on wildlife habitat, biodiversity, forest recreation, and forest viewscapes.