Recent NDVI-Based Variation in Growth of Boreal Intact Forest Landscapes and Its Correlation with Climatic Variables
Uncertainty of 21st century growing stocks and GHG balance of forests in British Columbia, Canada resulting from potential climate change impacts on ecosystem processes [electronic resource]
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Genotype by environment interaction and its implications for genetic improvement of interior spruce in British Columbia
Characterizing interactions between fire and other disturbances and their impacts on tree mortality in western US Forests
Modeling lodgepole and jack pine vulnerability to mountain pine beetle expansion into the western Canadian boreal forest
Barriers to enhanced and integrated climate change adaptation and mitigation in Canadian forest management
Social science research on Indigenous wildfire management in the 21st century and future research needs
This article reviews social science research on Indigenous wildfire management in Australia, Canada and the United States after the year 2000 and explores future research needs in the field. In these three countries, social science research exploring contemporary Indigenous wildfire management has been limited although there have been interesting findings about how Indigenous culture and knowledge influences fire management. Research with Indigenous communities may be limited not because of a lack of interest by social scientists, but rather by obstacles to doing research with Indigenous communities, such as ethical and time concerns. Research needs on Indigenous wildfire management are presented, centred on the...
TADAM: A dynamic whole-stand approximation for the TASS growth model. (Erratum: 2005 Nov-Dec, v. 81, no. 6, p. 815.)
The recovery of forests following stand-replacing disturbance is of widespread interest; however, there is both a lack of definitional clarity for the term “recovery” and a dearth of empirical data on the rates of forest recovery associated with different disturbance types. We conducted a quantitative review of literature to determine recovery times following wildfire and timber harvest and to evaluate variation in recovery rates across Canada’s diverse forest ecosystems. Recovery was assessed according to the rate of change associated with certain forest structural attributes that have traditionally been used as indicators of forest growth and productivity. The recovery of forest canopy cover, tree height, and...
Characterizing the amount and configuration of forests can provide insights into habitat quality, biodiversity, and land use. The establishment of protected areas can be a mechanism for maintaining large, contiguous areas of forests, and the loss and fragmentation of forest habitat is a potential threat to Canada's national park system. Using the Earth Observation for Sustainable Development of Forests (EOSD) land cover product (EOSD LC 2000), we characterize the circa 2000 forest patterns in 26 of Canada's national parks and compare these to forest patterns in the ecological units surrounding these parks, referred to as the greater park ecosystem (GPE). Five landscape pattern metrics were analyzed: number of forest...
Working Toward a Fire-Permeable Landscape—Managing Wildfire for Resource Benefits in Remote, Rural, and Urban Areas of Alaska
Will minor spruce components of boreal broadleaf stands replace themselves after clearcut harvesting?
Boreal mixedwood management objectives for species composition, stand structure, and timber production might be achieved more effectively by applying a range of silvicultural prescriptions. To implement such a mixedwood strategy, it is essential to predict how management activities affect the amount, type, and spatial distribution of stands across the landscape. In this study the authors examine one component of such a mixedwood strategy, specifically the natural regeneration of white spruce within stands managed for broadleaf, predominantly aspen, production. This technical report addresses the following issues: the occurrence and distribution of white spruce natural regeneration in broadleaf-dominated stands that...
Managing forests infested by spruce beetles in south-central Alaska: Effects on nitrogen availability, understory biomass, and spruce regeneration [electronic resource]
FROSTFIRE; an experimental approach to predicting the climate feedbacks from the changing the boreal fire regime
Perspectives of forest practitioners on climate change adaptation in the Yukon and Northwest Territories of Canada
BC’s forests have already faced two simultaneous, globally significant, epidemics linked to climate change; the Dothistroma needle blight epidemic in NW BC and the massive mountain pine beetle epidemic throughout the BC Interior. Building on these experiences, we have compiled our best estimates of how we believe other forest health agents may behave as climate change continues to influence our forests. We have drawn on literature from around the world but have focused on the situation in BC. We have made management recommendations based on what we have seen so far and what we expect to come.
We develop and apply a judgment-based approach to selecting robust alternatives, which are defined here as reasonably likely to achieve objectives, over a range of uncertainties. The intent is to develop an approach that is more practical in terms of data and analysis requirements than current approaches, informed by the literature and experience with probability elicitation and judgmental forecasting. The context involves decisions about managing forest lands that have been severely affected by mountain pine beetles in British Columbia, a pest infestation that is climate-exacerbated. A forest management decision was developed as the basis for the context, objectives, and alternatives for land management actions,...