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Forest Research Institutions

Directory of Canadian Forest Research Institutions


Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute conducts world-class monitoring of more than 2000 species and habitats to support decision making about provincial biodiversity.

Alberta Innovates Technology Futures - Ecosystem Management: We help build sustainable resource management capacity through research, development and deployment of scientifically valid ecosystem management tools. Biodiversity monitoring, ecological conservation, water management and more.

Aleza Lake Research Forest is a 9000 ha university-based outdoor research facility and working forest. The mandate of the Research Forest is to provide research and education facilities and opportunities to the University of Northern BC, other universities, government agencies, private sector research, schools and other educational groups.

The Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS) is a large-scale international interdisciplinary experiment in the northern boreal forests of Canada. Its goal is to improve our understanding of the boreal forests -- how they interact with the atmosphere, how much CO2 they can store, and how climate change will affect them.

Canadian Forest Service - The Canadian Forest Service's (CFS) mission: "To promote the sustainable development of Canada's forests and competitiveness of the Canadian forest sector for the well-being of present and future generations of Canadians."

Canadian Journal of Forest Research publishes in English and French, and has been ranked as one of the top three journals in its field. The journal offers research articles in silviculture, ecophysiology, forest ecology, biotechnology, forest genetics and tree improvement, tree physiology, forest entomology and pathology, and other forest-related topics.

Centre for Enhanced Forest Management at the University of Alberta provides opportunities for collaborative research in the development and testing of innovative forestry practices which link genetics, silviculture, protection, growth and yield, and management for enhancing wood production and other values (including watershed, recreation, wildlife, and biodiversity).

CIFOR - Center for International Forestry Research (Bogor, Indonesia). CIFOR was established under the CGIAR system in response to global concerns about the social, environmental and economic consequences of loss and degradation of forests.

Current Results - Forest science articles.

FORAC - Consortium de recherche sur les affaires électroniques dans l'industrie des produits forestiers. FORAC offre aux entreprises de l'industrie des produits forestiers une expertise de recherche multidisciplinaire de calibre internationale en développant des concepts, des méthodologies et des outils de gestion misant sur le potentiel des technologies de l'Internet.

FPInnovations - the world’s largest private, not-for-profit forest research institute. With over 600 employees spread across Canada, FPInnovations unites the individual strengths of each of these internationally recognized forest research and development institutes into a single, greater force.

Foothills Research Institute is a unique community of partners dedicated to providing practical solutions for stewardship and sustainability of our forest lands. The Foothills Research Institute has three principle partners/sponsors who represent the agencies with vested land management authority for the land base covered by the Model Forest.

International Development Research Centre (IDRC) - Forests: IDRC is a Canadian crown agency committed to building a sustainable and equitable world. IDRC funds research in the developing world that enables the people of the South to find solutions to their own pressing development problems.

The International Model Forest Network - At each site, local partnerships are created among groups representing industry, environmentalists, community associations, indigenous peoples, and other relevant interests, who work together to define and implement a shared vision of sustainable forest management.

International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO) is a non-profit, non-governmental international network of forest scientists, which promotes global cooperation in forest-related research and enhances the understanding of the ecological, economic and social aspects of forests and trees.

John Prince Research Forest encompasses 13,032 ha of crown land in North Central BC, 50 km north of Fort St. James. The forest is situated between Tezzeron (Chuzghun) and Pinchi (Tesgha) lakes in the traditional territory of the Tl'azt'en First Nation.

Ontario Forest Research Institute of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is home to world class scientists and monitoring specialists who are focused on understanding forests and how they respond to natural disturbances and management activities.

Sustainable Forest Management Network, one of Canada's Networks of Centres of Excellence, provides interdisciplinary research on the management of the forests of Canada. We focus on integrated and directed research in developing new planning and management tools for industry, as well as policy insights and improved institutions for government.

The Tropenbos Foundation was established in July 1988 in order to continue and expand the international Tropenbos Programme, which was set up by the government of the Netherlands in 1986.

University of Alberta - Research in Renewable Resources: The depth and diversity of the research interests of the members of the Department of Renewable Resources creates a powerful and exciting research environment.

University of New Brunswick, Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management is one of the leading natural resources research centres in Canada. We have particular strength in the areas of soils and watershed management, forest biology and genetics, forest management, fish and wildlife ecology, wood science and technology and the natural resource social sciences.

Windhorse Farm - Ecologist Jim Drescher introduces the inter-relationships of this working 150 acre family-farm/woodlot operation in rural Nova Scotia. The site also includes an area for discussing issues related to sustainable forestry practices.