Canadian Forest Service Publications

Site restoration. Step 1: looking back to the past. 2013. Thiffault, E. NRCan, CFS, Laurentian Forestry Centre, Québec, Que. Branching out from the Canadian Forest Service, Laurentian Forestry Centre. No. 87. 2 p.

Year: 2013

Issued by: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 35409

Language: English

Series: Branching Out (LFC - Québec)

Availability: PDF (download)

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Because natural resources development causes landscape disturbance, post-development site restoration requires an in-depth knowledge of previous conditions. What did the landscape look like before? What were the soil and vegetation conditions? As part of a unique collaborative scientific project within Natural Resources Canada, researchers from the Canadian Forest Service and Geological Survey of Canada are contributing their expertise to find solutions for these issues associated with the restoration of oil sands mining sites.

Plain Language Summary

This publication reports on what is known about forest landscape dynamics prior to forest logging.

The first step in restoring logged sites is to describe the reference conditions prior to logging. This description is based on an analysis of the relationships between the characteristics of the logged site: soil, foliage chemical composition, wood chemistry and tree growth. This helps researchers distinguish between changes attributable to industrial activities and those attributable to variations in climate.

Branching Out is a series of plain language fact sheets describing Laurentian Forestry Centre research projects.

Also available under the title:
Restauration des sites. Étape 1 : à la recherche du passé. L’éclaircie du Service canadien des forêts, Centre de foresterie des Laurentides. No 87. (French)