After lots of meetings across the Island and many months of discussions, Island forest owners are about to move forward with a new woodlot owners’ association. Almost 88% of the Island’s forest land is owned and managed by private land owners. Privately owned forests provide income and employment to hundreds of Islanders and wood from private lands is used to make building materials, paper products, and firewood to heat our homes.
The Association of Registered Professional Foresters of New Brunswick (ARPFNB) presented to our Legislative Assembly a revised version of "An Act to Incorporate the Association of Registered Professional Foresters of New Brunswick", as Bill 22. The main objective of this new Act is to move from Right to Title as Registered Professional Foresters (RPF) to Right to Practice (RTP), for our members. This initiative provides protection to the public by ensuring the competency, independence, professional conduct and integrity of registered professional foresters who m
On the eve of the major changes that await Quebecois silviculture entrepreneurs with the coming of the new 2013 forestry regime, the last season of the current regime does not look easy.
À l’aube du changement majeur qui attend les entrepreneurs sylvicoles du Québec avec la venue du nouveau régime forestier, en 2013, la dernière saison sous l’actuel régime ne s’annonce pas de tout repos.
Globally, concern over rising carbon emissions is driving intensive woody biomass harvesting for use as feedstock in the bioenergy sector. The rationale behind this trend is simple: using wood residue as a fuel source can provide energy products while dramatically reducing carbon emissions, potentially mitigating the effects of climate change.
Reforestation in the eastern United States during the Great Depression was a multifaceted process with the involvement of many different government agencies and private groups. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) managed land purchases, plantation projects, fire suppression, and forest management in the national forests. Each state had a department that provided similar operations for state and local forests. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) furnished significant labor to each of these agencies while being directed by the military.
Out of breath and exhausted, I struggled from step to step as I planted my first bag up of the morning. After days of sleeping in my tent, only waking up for about six hours each day, I wanted to get back out and try to plant. I couldn’t string a sentence together without gasping for a breath, and my body seemed to be in the grips of a flu, unlike any I had previously experienced.
Global fossil fuel emissions hit a record high of 31.6 Gts, in 2011, an increase of one billion metric tonnes over 2010 levels. This trend makes dangerous warming difficult to avoid. Since coal, oil and gas will be primary energy sources for several decades before being replaced by clean alternatives, the world needs another solution.
A look at the benefits of community forests using the Wells Gray Community Forest as a successful example.
The principles of community forests, when applied by local management to an area which can support a viable forest enterprise, can provide significant benefits, of which Wells Gray Community Forest provides an example.
Distinctive features of a community forest are:
-an area-based tenure in the vicinity of a community
-local management which integrates community objectives and knowledge into operational plans and activities with a long term perspective.
Civilian Conservation Corps
Mountain Pine Beetle
This issue, a supportive case study touting the benefits of community forests, a look at the historical silvicultural practices pertaining to black spruce in Ontario and it's implications for caribou habitat, further consideration of the success of the civilian conservation corps, from a nursery perspective in addition to our regular Forest Heatlh, Safety and Regional columns.