Laurentian Forestry Centre, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada
Data Center Description
The Canadian Forest Service (CFS) of Natural Resources Canada works to promote the sustainable development of Canada's forests and the competitiveness of the Canadian forest sector to ensure the continuity of the resource and the well-being of present and future generations of Canadians.
The Laurentian Forestry (LFC) conducts scientific research on:
-General forest health (acid rain, pollution, ice storms, insects and diseases) and forest biodiversity
-The biological control of forest insect pests (spruce budworm, gypsy moth and hemlock looper) and diseases (annosus root rot, white pine blister rust and Scleroderris canker), using environmentally friendly controls such as Bacillus thuringiensis (B.t.) and other non-chemical methods
-Understanding the effects of natural disturbances (forest fires, insect epidemics, windthrow and ice storms) to develop appropriate management strategies
-Understanding the effects of current techniques for forestry activities (harvesting, forest roads and plantations) to improve forestry practices
-Tree improvement to obtain better yields and preserve the forest (insect and disease resistance, increased forest biomass, wood quality, biotechnology and genetics)
-Improvement of our knowledge of how a tree functions
-Development of decision-making tools (remote sensing and geomatics)
-Evaluation of the effects of climate change on forests.