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Program ID: Innovation Anthology #897
Program Date: 09/19/2017
Program Category: Alberta, Conservation, Environment, Forests, Natural Sciences, Wildlife

Healthy Landscapes Program: Emulating Mother Nature

Dr. David Andison is a forest ecologist and works with the Healthy Landscapes
Program at fRI Research.

As he explains, we can learn a lot from Mother Nature about how ecosystems really function.

For example,  fire is  key to renewing the boreal forest.

DR DAVID ANDISONMost of the forests there are driven by fires.  They rely on fires for their sustainability.  The removal of disturbance is NOT an option.  So what a lot of the agencies in Canada have turned to is some sort of a guideline where the pattern of forest harvesting is closer to that which Mother Nature would have provided by a fire regime.   So the direction we're heading in is we would end up with a range of sizes of forest harvesting openings.  Some of them very large. Some of them very small.  Severity would range from 10 or 20 percent mortality all the way up to 80 or 90 percent mortality. And we would ensure that the frequency is the same as the fire cycle.

Dr Andison says this idea of working with nature, or emulating the fire regime, is a fundamental principle behind ecosystem based management.

Thanks today to the HEALTHY LANDSCAPES PROGRAM at fRI RESEARCH

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The Healthy Landscapes Program invites people interested in a dialogue on sustainable forest management to participate in the series of 2017 workshops on ecosystem based management.

Athabasca   June 30
Grande Prairie   September 12
Calgary  November 25 
Edmonton December 12 

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