A Natural Approach to Forest Management
The boreal forest is one of the world’s largest natural ecosystems. Until relatively recently, it was controlled only by major natural disturbances, such as fire or insect outbreaks. However, industrialization led to forest management, which has completely transformed boreal forests
Dr. Yves Bergeron, Canada Research Chair in Ecology and Sustainable Forest Management, wants to better understand the roles that natural disturbances play in establishing and maintaining forests.
Bergeron is examining what impacts conventional forest management has on biodiversity, productivity and resilience in boreal forests. Bergeron aims to use these findings to identify innovative forest management strategies that will emulate natural disturbances and reduce the gap between natural and managed forests. These strategies will then be field-tested to examine whether and how they meet sustainable development goals.
Bergeron and his team are also looking at what impacts climate change has on natural disturbances, and its implications on forest management.
Bergeron’s research will lead to forest management strategies for boreal forests that will be more closely linked to nature, and that will improve sustainability.