Canadian Forest Service Publications
Forest renewal by artificial regeneration: a review of research in western Canada. 1992. Arnott, J.T. Commonwealth Forestry Review 71(1): 40-46.
Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre
Catalog ID: 3267
In Canada, clearcutting accounts for 90% of all harvesting and on the resulting clearcuts, close to one billion trees are planted annually. This large reafforestation programme has relied heavily on research directed towards all phases of the reafforestation process; namely nursery production, stock handling and planting, site preparation and subsequent silvicultural treatments. Focusing on Western Canada, this paper describes major developments in seedling production that have been instrumental in meeting these rapidly increasing reafforestation needs and discusses research required in the immediate future to maintain a sufficient supply of top quality tree seedlings that will ensure maximum survival and growth of future forest plantations. It concludes with a brief discussion on the alternative natural regeneration option.