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Ontario, Canada’s LTSP experience: Forging Lasting Research Partnerships and the Adaptive Management cycle in Action. 2020. Morris, D.M.; Fleming, R.L.; Hazlett, P.W. Journal of Forestry: fvaa002.

Year: 2020

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 40105

Language: English

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DOI: 10.1093/jofore/fvaa002

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In this paper we summarize Ontario's LTSP experience focusing on our efforts to forge lasting research partnerships, highlight the approaches we feel were effective in get emerging science into forest policy within an adaptive management (AM) framework, and describe the future direction of Ontario's LTSP program as new policy issues are emerging as part of the continuous AM cycle. In response to concerns raised during a Class Environmental Assessment (1991-1992) regarding the potential impact of increased nutrient removals via full-tree harvesting on inherently nutrient poor sites, led Ontario researchers from the Canadian Forest Service and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to design and implement Ontario's LTSP program. Measurements immediately after the treatments were applied were done to estimate soil carbon and nutrient pools and the amount of logging debris across the treatments and sites. Routine (every 5 years) measurements have been done out to and now including year 25 post-treatment to track changes in soil carbon and nutrient levels, as well as stand- and individual-tree growth and development metrics and foliar nutrition.