Canadian Forest Service Publications

Great Lakes Forestry Centre e-Bulletin. Issue 14, Summer 2011. 9p.

Year: 2011

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 33032

Language: English

Series: e-Bulletin (GLFC - Sault Ste. Marie)

Availability: PDF (download)

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GLFC launches webinar series: On November 15, 2011 the Great Lakes Forestry Centre (GLFC ) will launch a seminar series using webinar technology. During these hour-long seminars GLFC researchers will elaborate on their current work and answer live or submitted questions from participants across the country. Webinars will cover subjects of current interest to the forest sector, such as climate change and wildland fire, invasive forest pest management, biodiversity research, and forest sustainability. The webinar format will allow participants to take part wherever they have a telephone and internet connection. Subscribers to this e-Bulletin will automatically be notified about the upcoming seminar topic and given the registration information.

Bioeconomy in forest sector revitalization: The crisis in the forest industry has stimulated interest in alternative uses for forest resources, helping companies and communities branch out from traditional forest products. The new bioeconomy may enable forest companies and entrepreneurs to capitalize on emerging markets for materials made from renewable resources, but they must continue to demonstrate that Canada's forests are being sustainably managed. To this end, Great Lakes Forestry Centre (GLFC) scientists, in collaboration with others, are leading multi-disciplinary studies of the ecological and economic impacts of forest biomass harvesting and purpose-grown biofibre plantations.

Global Early Warning System for Wildland Fire: The Global Early Warning System for Wildland Fire is a new tool that can be used by the international community to forecast extreme fire danger conditions and to plan cooperative suppression activities. Great Lakes Forestry Centre (GLFC) fire scientists Bill de Groot and Tim Lynham led the development of this system (launched in June 2011) with the assistance of GLFC computer programmer Alan Cantin and a team of international collaborators. Fire activity has increased over the last 30-40 years and this trend is expected to continue. Fire managers will need to continue to work together at a global scale to protect communities from the social, environmental and economic impacts of disaster fires.

Understanding emerald ash borer at the genetic level: The emerald ash borer continues to spread across Ontario and Quebec, resulting in the loss of a significant percentage of ash species in forest and cities. At the Great Lakes Forestry Centre (GLFC) scientists are looking for ways to help slow the spread of the pest. One approach is to identify genes in the emerald ash borer that control the insect's ability to locate host trees. This novel research is the first step in the development of a possible approach to managing outbreaks of this invasive insect.

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Also available under the title:
Centre de foresterie des Grands Lacs Bulletin - é. No. 14, été, 2011. (French)