Saturday, January 29, 2011

Articles from Quebec

Here are references to two articles that are not directly about forest bioenergy. However, they are of global scientific relevance, but mostly I believe they tell a lot about how sustainability in forest management is dealt with in Quebec. They might be of interest to my Nordic counterparts and shed a light on why we approach ecological issues related to forest biomass production and harvesting the way we do here. 

The first article is about the link between biodiversity and stand productivity, and written by Christian Messier and Alain Paquette of Université du Québec à Montréal (their results have  been nominated among the 10 most important scientific findings of 2010 in Quebec!): it challenges the use of a single species in plantations in the boreal forest.
Global Ecology and Biogeography 20:170-180

The second article is written by Nelson Thiffault, from Ministère des Ressources naturelles du Québec; (yes we're related ;) ) and Vincent Roy, from the Canadian Forest Service. It explains the historical background and current challenges of competitive vegetation management in plantations in Quebec, which have banned the utilization of herbicides in public forests since 2001. 
European Journal of Forest Research 130:117-133

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