Canadian Forest Service Publications
Using knowledge of natural disturbances to support sustainable forest management in the northern Clay Belt. 2007. Bergeron, Y.; Drapeau, P.; Gauthier, S.; Lecomte, N. For. Chron. 83(3): 326-337.
Issued by: Laurentian Forestry Centre
Catalog ID: 27440
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Several concepts are at the basis of forest ecosystem management, but a relative consensus exists around the idea of a forest management approach that is based on natural disturbances and forest dynamics. This type of approach aims to reproduce the main attributes of natural landscapes in order to maintain ecosystems within their natural range of variability and avoid creating an environment to which species are not adapted. By comparing attributes associated with natural fire regimes and current forest management, we were able to identify four major differences for the black spruce forest of the Clay Belt. The maintenance of older forests, the spatial extent of cutover areas, the maintenance of residuals within cutovers and disturbance severity on soils are major issues that should be addressed. Silvicultural strategies that mitigate differences between natural and managed forests are briefly discussed.