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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.


Managing Canada's Boreal Forests for the Future


with

Yves Bergeron, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue

The Canadian boreal forest constitutes one of the last frontier forests in the world. But it is a forest under pressure.

Traditional cutting practices have resulted in a greatly decreased percentage of old-growth forest. Fire – a source of soil disturbance that increases fertility – has been suppressed. The forest, once a patchwork of stands of different ages, is now characterized by large cutovers with small and highly fragmented islands of older forest.

A change in modern forest management, from simply harvesting wood to managing all forest resources, requires new strategies. Forest managers need ways to reproduce the dominant attributes of natural forests, using practices that emulate natural disturbances and forest dynamics. Speaker Dr. Yves Bergeron will discuss research collaborations that are under way to develop these new approaches. While there is growing awareness of the value of ecological forest management, managers and policy makers are still reluctant to make the switch.

Dr. Bergeron has conducted long-term studies of both natural and managed boreal forests and is recognized internationally as an expert in ecological silviculture and forest management. He
holds the Canada Research Chair in Ecology and Sustainable Forest Management at the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT). He is also Director of the NSERC-UQAT-UQAM Industrial Research Chair in Sustainable Forest Management, an adjunct professor at the University of Northern British Columbia and a member of the Interuniversity Forest Ecology Research Group.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

Sponsored by:

--the Speaker of the Senate
--the Speaker of the House of Commons
--Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2006 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Place: Room 200, West Block, Parliament Hill
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $10
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE Coordinator: 613-991-6369, pagse@rsc.ca
Registration Deadline: October 23rd