Canadian Forest Service Publications

Boreal Odyssey: Proceedings of the North American Forest Insect Work Conference, May 14-18, 2001, Edmonton, Alberta. 2001. Volney, W.J.A.; Spence, J.R.; Lefebvre, E.M., editors. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Northern Forestry Centre, Edmonton, Alberta. Information Report NOR-X-381. 234 p.

Year: 2001

Available from: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 19061

Language: English

Series: Information Report (NoFC - Edmonton)

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

Abstract

The third North American Forest Insect Conference was held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada May 14-18, 2001. Included in these proceedings are two plenary sessions, three concurrent panel discussions, and 150 workshop presentations. Many presentations focussed on the continuing battle to understand bark beetle and spruce budworm populations, whose impacts so profoundly affect any discussion of forest environments. The consequences of exotic pest invasion, the ethics in conducting scientific work, outcomes of present-day forest management, and resource sustainability were highlighted in other workshops, amid a sense of urgency in finding solutions. Apropos to this, presenters highlighted government policy and regulations and the influence of foresters, forest scientists and stakeholder groups on decision-makers. The effects of global climate change on insect populations and forests, forestry practices and attitudes, and the politics of forestry were discussed. Other presentations concentrated on the effects of fire on forests and insects; forest health research, experimentation and restoration; forest insect epizootiology; urban forest pest management; ecophysiology; and biological processes and controls in pest management. Participants were brought up-to-date on decision support systems; future prospects in forestry; aerial survey tracking systems; teaching forest entomology; hazard rating systems and remote sensing; and computer mapping systems. The opening addresses, founders award speech, abstracts and moderator summaries included herein touched on many of these trends. The insistence on publishing these abstracts of workshops and panel discussions is to provide a record of issues that concern forest entomologists at the opening of the 21st century.

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