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Innovative Silviculture to Achieve Sustainable Forest Management in Boreal Forests: Lessons from Two Large-Scale Experiments. 2023. Montoro Girona, M.; Moussaoui, L.; Thiffault, N.; Morin, H.; Leduc, A.; Raymond, P.; Bosé, A.; Bergeron, Y.; Lussier, J.-M. Boreal Boreal Forests in the Face of Climate Change - Sustainable Management. Advances in Global Change Research volume 74, page 417-440.

Year: 2023

Issued by: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 40944

Language: English

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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-15988-6_16

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Clear-cutting has been the dominant harvesting method used in boreal forest silviculture. Reducing the potential negative effects of intensive forestry activities on ecosystems, e.g., the simplification and homogenization of stand structure, requires diversifying silvicultural practices to promote forest resilience in the face of climate change. Priority therefore lies in developing, evaluating, and adapting partial cutting as a potential silvicultural option for ensuring the sustainable management of boreal forests. In this chapter, we summarize the findings of two large-scale experiments conducted in Canadian boreal forests that tested new silvicultural approaches and explore their implications for forest management. We discuss the effects of these treatments on tree growth, tree mortality, regeneration, and biodiversity, and we examine the challenges of existing silvicultural approaches in the context of climate change.