Collaborative research to improve forest management practices
Market conditions provide opportunities for the development of new forest products and civil society places ever changing demands on a public resource. Research and the application of new findings into operational practice are key aspects of continuously improving the implementation of forest management. Tembec is an advocate of collaborative research and has been an important catalyst and participant in forest science initiatives in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. Activity occurs at three scales – the landscape, forest stand and individual tree levels.
Large scale forest management and land use planning issues occur at the landscape level. Forest inventory, wood supply modelling and other diagnostic tools used to meet land use and forest management planning requirements are refined.
The art and science of growing trees is carried out at the stand level. This is critical to meeting forest renewal and wood supply objectives.
- Projects undertaken at the tree level are focused on the biological performance of individual trees. These projects promote the maximum potential return from silviculture activities, while ensuring that fiber produced will retain its value when harvested.