Canadian Forest Service Publications

Great Lakes Forestry Centre e-Bulletin. Issue 15, Fall 2011. 8p.

Year: 2011

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 33420

Language: English

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

Availability: PDF (download)

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Informing the debate on assisted migration: Assisted migration is the deliberate movement of species or populations to locations where future climatic conditions may be more favourable, and it has been proposed as a tool to reduce the negative impacts of climate change on Canada's forests. Researchers at the Great Lakes Forestry Centre are working to understand the environmental, economic, ethical and practical aspects of assisted migration. It is crucial that we improve out understanding of assisted migration before making decisions about whether or how it should be applied on the Canadian landscape.

Microbial soil function as a metric of impact of forest biomass removal for bioenergy: Soil is an important part of our ecosystem, forming a giant storehouse of nutrients, carbon and water, all of which are essential to tree and other vegetation growth and serve as a bioreactor of many biological, chemical and geological processes. Resource managers cannot sustain the forest without paying attention to soil productivity. The current emphasis on harvesting woody biomass for energy has led to a study examining the impact of biomass removal for bioenergy production on soil microbial function and nutrient recycling. The study began in 2010 in jackpine stands in northeastern Ontario and involves the development of a suite of rapid lab analyses to evaluate soil microbe physiological function as an indicator of the resilience of the ecosystem to biomass removal.

Science directors meet with collaborators around Ontario: The Director General and Program Directors of the Great Lakes Forestry Centre (GLFC) have been making a concerted effort to visit with collaborators, stakeholders and GLFC scientists around Ontario in the past 18 months. The meetings have provided opportunities to engage with their academic, industry, provincial and municipal counterparts within the forest sector and learn more about GLFC field research. The dialogue has opened the door for ongoing cooperation with the various sectors and led to increased understanding respective issues.

Understanding wildland-urban interface fires: Little is known about the frequency and extent of wildland fires that threaten human lives and property in Canada. Research is currently under way at the Great Lakes Forestry Centre to better quantify these "Wildland-Urban Interface" fires in terms of both today's risk and expected future risk. Results from this work will provide the basic knowledge crucial for land-use planning, fire management, climate change adaptation options, and will help avoid losses of human life and property to wildfire.

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Also available under the title:
Centre de foresterie des Grands Lacs Bulletin-é. No. 15, automne 2011. (French)