Silvicultural Effectiveness and consequences of using vegetation management alternatives in boreal and temperate coniferous forests 120-801

Description:This multi-agency proposal has provided an opportunity and forum for a diverse group of practitioners, scientists and students to develop a common understanding of the challenges facing forest management with particular attention to vegetation management. We are very pleased that our partnership has grown to include new people and institutions (see list below). We have already met several of our original objectives including 1) the synthesis of relevant literature, 2) the use of spatial and aspatial forest management planning software to conduct landscape level analyses, 3) the sponsorship of students at the Masters and Doctoral level, 4) updating of the Canadian Forest Management database, and 5) planning for transfer of results to forest practitioners and general public. In order to maintain momentum, the larger group has met quarterly while working sub-groups have met more often but on an ad hoc basis. As of Feb 2010, several sections of the report are nearing completion and we are working with the Canadian institute of Forestry and the Forestry Research partnership (Canadian Ecology Centre) to design a workshop, a series of e-lectures and a special issue of the Forestry Chronicle.


The Project Team: Dr. Nancy Luckai, Lakehead University


Papers (in Forestry Chronicle Special Issue (Volume 87, Number 2)):

Bell, F.W., Kershaw, M., Aubin,I., Thiffault, N., Dacosta, J. and A. Wiensczyk. 2011. Ecology and traits of plant species that compete with boreal and temperate forest conifers: An overview of available information and its use in forest management in Canada. For. Chron. 87: 161-174.

Wiensczyk, A.,Swift, K., Morneault, A., Thiffault, N.,  Szuba, K. and F.W. Bell. 2011. An overview of the efficacy of vegetation management alternatives in boreal forests. For. Chron. 87: 175-200.

Swift, K.and F.W. Bell. 2011. What are the environmental consequences of using silviculturally effective vegetation management alternatives? For. Chron. 87: 201-216.

Zimmerman, G., Bell, F.W., Woodcock, J., Palmer, A. and J. Paloniemi. 2011. Response of breeding song birds to vegetation management in conifer plantations established in boreal mixed woods. For. Chron. 87: 217-224.

McLaren, B.E.,  Emslie, K., Honsberger, T., McCready, T., Bell, F.W. and R.F. Foster. 2011. Monitoring and understanding mammal assemblages: experiences from Bending Lake, Fallingsnow and Tom Hill. For. Chron. 87: 225-234.

Bell, F.W., Dacosta, J., Penner, M., Morneault, A., Stinson, A., Towill, B., Luckai, N. and J.Winters. 2011. Longer-term volume tradeoffs in spruce and jack pine plantations following various conifer release treatments. For. Chron. 87: 235-250.

Homagain K., Shahi, C.,  Leitch, M.  Luckai, N. and F.W. Bell. 2011. Differences in extrinsic tree quality and value of fibre production following alternative vegetation management treatments in northwestern Ontario. For. Chron. 87: 251-259.

Homagain K., Shahi, C., Luckai, N., Leitch, M. and F.W. Bell. 2011. Benefit-cost analysis of vegetation management alternatives: An Ontario case study. For. Chron. 87: 260-273.

Wyatt, S., Rousseau, M.-H.,  Nadeau, S., Thiffault, N.  and L. Guay. 2011. Social concerns, risk and the acceptability of forest vegetation management alternatives: Insights for managers. For. Chron. 87: 274-289.

Dacosta J., Szuba,K., Bell, F.W., Moore, T., Lennon, K., Leach, J., Bazley, D. and N. Luckai. 2011. Modelling landscape-level effects of reduced herbicide use in two forests in northern Ontario. For. Chron. 87: 290-309.


Status Reports:

Project Report - 2008

Project Report - 2009

Status Report (2009-2010)

Status Report (2010-2011)


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