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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...
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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...
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Many of the world's forests are likely to face multiple stresses under a rapidly changing climate. Understanding the impact of climate change on tree species suitability is therefore crucial for forest management planning and policy development. We use the Douglas-fir and spruce (white spruce, Engelmann spruce, and interior spruce) forests of British Columbia as a case study. The impact of projected climate change on these forests was assessed using flexible bioclimatic envelope models appropriate for areas with sparse species locations records. Analysis of the model results focused on quantifying uncertainty due to differences between global climate models, emissions scenarios, and spatial resolution of climate...
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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,...
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We present a comprehensive approach to carry out community-wide assessments of in situ conservation of forest trees based on basic botanical and ecological data. This is a first step, resulting in a consistent framework to set priorities for collection and inclusion of species- specific biological and genetic information. We use botanical sample data to generate high-resolution distribution maps as a basis for a gap analysis of how well each species is represented in protected areas. To account for adaptive genetic variation of tree species we stratify populations by ecological zones that represent different macroclimates. In a detailed example for Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirb.) Franco), we show that...


map background search result map search result map Human Dimensions of Forest Disturbance by Insects: An International Synthesis Social science research on Indigenous wildfire management in the 21st century and future research needs Using expert judgments to explore robust alternatives for forest management under climate change TADAM: A dynamic whole-stand approximation for the TASS growth model. (Erratum: 2005 Nov-Dec, v. 81, no. 6, p. 815.) Genotype by environment interaction and its implications for genetic improvement of interior spruce in British Columbia An ecogeographic framework for in situ conservation of forest trees in British Columbia Modeling lodgepole and jack pine vulnerability to mountain pine beetle expansion into the western Canadian boreal forest Using an ensemble of downscaled climate model projections to assess impacts of climate change on the potential distribution of spruce and Douglas-fir forests in British Columbia 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] Trends in post-disturbance recovery rates of Canada’s forests following wildfire and harvest McCarthy Creek Forest Resource Inventory Recent NDVI-Based Variation in Growth of Boreal Intact Forest Landscapes and Its Correlation with Climatic Variables Forest fire management expenditures in Canada: 1970–2013 McCarthy Creek Forest Resource Inventory TADAM: A dynamic whole-stand approximation for the TASS growth model. (Erratum: 2005 Nov-Dec, v. 81, no. 6, p. 815.) An ecogeographic framework for in situ conservation of forest trees in British Columbia 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] Using expert judgments to explore robust alternatives for forest management under climate change Genotype by environment interaction and its implications for genetic improvement of interior spruce in British Columbia Modeling lodgepole and jack pine vulnerability to mountain pine beetle expansion into the western Canadian boreal forest Using an ensemble of downscaled climate model projections to assess impacts of climate change on the potential distribution of spruce and Douglas-fir forests in British Columbia Human Dimensions of Forest Disturbance by Insects: An International Synthesis Social science research on Indigenous wildfire management in the 21st century and future research needs Trends in post-disturbance recovery rates of Canada’s forests following wildfire and harvest Forest fire management expenditures in Canada: 1970–2013 Recent NDVI-Based Variation in Growth of Boreal Intact Forest Landscapes and Its Correlation with Climatic Variables