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How Canada’s forests are adapting to a changing climate

The 26th edition of The State of Canada’s Forests: Annual Report 2016 provides a national snapshot of Canada’s forests and forest industry.  With a focus on sustainable forest management, the report describes Canada’s rich forest resources and our success in managing them sustainably.

According to Natural Resources Canada, there are six key ways that Canada’s forest sector and communities are adapting to climate change:

  • As fire activity in many regions increases, communities are fire-proofing their neighborhoods and homes
  • Tree species are being planted that have greater drought tolerance
  • Trees are being planted from a wider range of seed sources, favoring species that have already adapted to warmer weather conditions
  • Forest harvest schedules are being adjusted to minimize severe insect damage represented by three insects – spruce budworm, mountain pine beetle and the gypsy moth
  • Damage to forests from wind storms is being reduced through various silviculture techniques that help strengthen tree roots
  • Forest products companies are finding ways to use wood from dead and damaged trees, using innovative techniques to create new products

To learn more about these actions and how they are being applied across Canada, download the Annual Report 2016 infographic here.

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