Canadian Forest Service Publications

Review of the ecological effects of herbicide usage in forestry. 1975. Kimmins, J.P. Environment Canada, Forestry Service, Pacific Forest Research Centre, Victoria, BC. Information Report BC-X-139. 44 p.

Year: 1975

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 1509

Language: English

Series: Information Report (PFC - Victoria)

Availability: PDF (download)

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Abstract

The ecological effects of herbicides in forestry practice are reviewed using as a base a recently co-authored bibliography (1973) of 1614 references on the subject and subsequent papers published up to early 1975. The effects of herbicides are discussed both in terms of individual biotic components of forest ecosystems and in terms of the structure and functioning of complete ecosystems. The mechanisms of herbicide entry, translocation and degradation for plants, animals, soil and water are outlined. A forecast is made on the manner and degree to which herbicides will be used in forestry in the future and alternatives to such use. Finally, a list of research areas is provided which is aimed at filling information gaps and reducing any adverse ecological effects of herbicide application.