Canada's Forests at a Crossroads : An Assessment in the Year by Global Forest Watch

By Global Forest Watch

Technological innovation can switch the best way we deal with and safeguard our forests and setting. It offers us with the instruments we have to get actual and up to date information regarding forests, and different ecosystems, and it offers the ability to make this knowledge on hand to all people with a stake in average assets. until eventually lately, there has been little systematic wisdom in regards to the stipulations of the world's forests. via this document our Canadian companions have documented that logging, mining, and different improvement that happens all through a lot of Canada's forests. the main different and effective woodland ecosystems have gone through common fragmentation via roads and different entry routes and feature the majority in their region less than logging tenures. Canada is at a crossroads. Public sentiment and new govt rules point out an expanding dedication to dealing with forests not only for bushes, but in addition for flora and fauna, leisure makes use of, cultural values, and different environment companies. although, adjustments at the floor were gradual.

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Because data are not available on fire and insect damage occurring within the 119 million hectares of forest currently managed for timber production, it is difficult to estimate what proportion of these lands are disturbed annually both from logging and from natural events. Such information would provide a more accurate measure of whether current management regimes are sustainable. Canada is clearing primary and old-growth forest to maintain production levels Logging historically has occurred in the more productive southern forests of Canada, where extensive areas are now second-growth forest.

What are current logging trends and how extensive are these activities? 4. Are these practices sustainable in terms of maintaining long-term timber production? 5. Who are the key actors involved in this activity? How do they benefit (or lose) from logging? 44 Canada is the world’s leading exporter of wood products. The forest industry is a significant sector of the national economy, generating over $68 billion in sales in 1996 and accounting for about 3 percent of GDP. Three fourths of the timber harvest occurs in Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia.

Org (January 19, 2000). 0 New Brunswick 1995 1990 1985 1980 1975 1970 1965 1960 1955 1950 1945 1940 1935 1930 5 1925 200 20 10 1920 Thousands of Hectares Figure 6. Area Logged Annually in Canada, 1920-1995 secondary forest logged. 59 If this figure applies historically, it implies that roughly 45 million hectares of primary forest (about 20 percent of Canada’s commercial forests) have been logged to date. Source: Canadian Council of Forest Ministers. ) 49 Almost three quarters of the harvest occurs in British Columbia, Quebec, and Ontario Table 10.

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