Canadian Forest Service Publications

Improving wetlands for forestry in Canada. 1987. Hillman, G.R. Canadian Forestry Service, Northern Forestry Centre, Edmonton, Alberta. Information Report NOR-X-288.

Year: 1987

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 11772

Language: English

Series: Information Report (NoFC - Edmonton)

Availability: Order paper copy (free), PDF (download)

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A review of the development of wetlands drainage for forestry in eastern Canada and Alberta is presented. Results from experiments relating drainage to tree growth, seedling survival, and fertilization indicate that tree growth can be increased fivefold through draining. Knowledge obtained from these earlier experiments provided a foundation for establishing in Alberta the Wetland Drainage and Improvement Program under the Canada-Alberta Forest Resource Development Agreement. The purpose of the program is to determine if operational drainage for forestry is economically feasible in Alberta and if it can be done without harming the environment.