Canadian Forest Service Publications

Great Lakes Forestry Centre e-Bulletin. Issue 9, Spring 2010.7p.

Year: 2010

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 35093

Language: English

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

Availability: PDF (download)

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GLFC scientist contributes to Longhorned Beetle global review: Collaborating with scientists from the United States, France and China, Dr. Jean Turgeon of the Great Lakes Forestry Centre (GLFC) used his extensive science expertise to contribute to an international review of two closely related alien invasive beetles, the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) and the Citrus Longhorned Beetle (CLB). the main tree genus attacked by both insects is maple. The review provides an overview of the insects' biology, history, research, and international control actions.Canada's eradication program for ALB is outlined, including costs to date, as approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency; this is the first time such information has been published. Information on the closely related CLB, another alien invasive insect with the potential to devastate forests and orchards in North America if it becomes to established, will also be of interest to the forest sector.

Scientist develops national fire simulation model: Canada has a demonstrated leadership role in forest fire research. Dr. Bill de Groot, a fire research scientist at the Great Lakes Forestry Centre (GLFC) has developed the Canadian Fire Effects Model (CanFIRE), which is a model to simulate the physical and ecological effects of fire on boreal forest structure and composition. CanFIRE is also an extension model of the Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System, which is used by provinces to plan and manage their forest fire operations. Bis is working with federal, provincial and territorial colleagues to calibrate and implement the model across Canada. Because of the current concern about climate change, this model is now being used to study the carbon released from forest fires.

Scientists contribute to understanding of woodland caribou in Ontario: The management of forest-dwelling woodland caribou populations and their habitat continue to attract interest across Canada because caribou are listed as a threatened species under Federal legislation. Resource managers, conservation agencies, and research scientists are all contributing to the development of new knowledge to help conserve the species. As part of this collaborative effort, Dr. Ian Thompson at the Canadian Forest Service-Great Lakes Forestry Centre (GLFC) recently embarked on a long-term, collaborative woodland caribou research project in Ontario.

Researchers assess feasibility of purpose=grown tree plantations: GLFC research examining various aspects of producing fast-growing forest crops has identified a number of recommendations of interest to landowners and investors. The research has looke at aspects of plantation establishment, and developed sophisticated computer models to predict which species, establishment practices, and lands are best suited to purpose-grown tree plantations. Short-and medium-rotation plantations using native, non-native and hybrid varieties have been studied. the land base physically avaiable for afforestation purposes has been quantified and mapped. The cumulative total of this analysis is helping to inform investment decision-making.

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Also available under the title:
Centre de foresterie des Grands Lacs Bulletin-é. No. 9, printemps 2010. (French)