Canadian Forest Service Publications

Harvesting residue removal guidelines to protect soils in Canada and the science behind them. 2013. Titus, B.D., Thiffault, E., Paré, D., Berch, S.M. and Morris, D. In: Helmisaari, H-S. & Vanguelova, E. (eds.). 2013. Proceedings of the Workshop W6.1 Forest bioenergy and soil sustainability at EUROSOIL Congress 2nd July to 6th July 2012, Bari, Italy. Pp. 22-30.

Year: 2013

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 35474

Language: English

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Mandatory or voluntary site-level guidelines are one of several governance mechanisms for ensuring that soils are protected when removing harvesting residue from forests for bioenergy production (Stupak et al., 2013). This removal includes residue at roadside or landings when whole-tree harvesting (WTH) is used and stems are processed off-site, and residue collected in second-pass systems when stems are processed at stump and tops and limbs are left on-site. Regulations and guidance specifically for site-level harvesting residue (or biomass, biofibre) removals have been developed in over a dozen jurisdictions globally, and consideration of these may inform their evolution in jurisdictions in Canada where they are under development. We therefore briefly describe (i) the context for harvesting residue removal guidelines in Canada, (ii) the science behind them, (iii) the definition of sensitive soils within existing policies and guidelines in North America (and sometimes in Europe, for making specific points), and (iv) current and future research in Canada that will feed into their refinement through adaptive management processes.