Boreal Multi-cohort Forest Management Workshop

December 13 – 14, 2011

Tim Horton Event Centre, Cochrane, ON


Workshop Objective: To publish a special issue of the Forestry Chronicle based on a series of papers presented at a workshop in northeastern Ontario focusing on recent advancements in multi cohort management of boreal forests. By multi-cohort management, we mean the use of silviculture to emulate the development of complex structure in late-seral stage forests and the application of such in the context of sustainable forest management, including from ecological, economic, and social perspectives.  Multi-cohort management is of particular interest because of its potential to sustain features of old and mature forests that may become rare under traditional forest management approaches.  The meeting is timely because of a critical mass of recent research, especially from operational trials, and increasing recognition of the value of complexity in boreal forests.

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Tuesday December 13, 2011




Jay Malcom

An overview: The need for multicohort management in boreal forests


Brian Harvey

Maintenance of forest structure using silviculture in mixedwood and black spruce feathermoss forest


Nicole Fenton

Lessons learned from 10 years of research on partial cuts in black spruce feathermoss forests


Jean-Claude Ruel       

Partial cutting in old-growth boreal stands: an integrated experiment


Isabelle Witte

The TRIAD project: creation and maintenance of structurally complex forests through silvicultural intervention


Osvaldo Valeria Historical analysis of landscape change in the context of cohort-based management: A case study from the Lake Duparquet Forest PDF


Wednesday December 14, 2011



Charlotte Sharkey

Classification of multicohort stand structure in northeastern Ontario boreal forests


Ben Kuttner

Multiscale airborne laser scanner (LiDAR) data as a correlate of forest and bird community structure in multicohort stands of northeastern Ontario


Jay Malcolm

Does multi-cohort stand structure affect ground beetle communities  in northeastern boreal forests



Gordon Kayahara &  Dave Etheridge

Challenges and implications of incorporating extended rotations and multi-cohort directives into an

operational forest management planning framework in the boreal forest of Ontario.


Ahmed Koubaa

Implications of boreal multicohort management on selected for wood quality attributes


Tom Moore

Patchworks multi-cohort Demonstration


Margaret Donnelly The challenges in spatial modeling with multi-cohort: case studies from western Canada PDF


For more information, contact:

Matt Meade, Forestry Extension Manager

The Canadian Institute of Forestry & The Forestry Research Partnership

Tel: +1 (705) 744 - 1715 ext. 595

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