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Incorporating climate change adaptation considerations into forest management planning in the boreal forest

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Abstract:

Climate change will pose increasing challenges to forest managers working to achieve sustainable forest management in the boreal forest. To date, discussions around when, where and how to consider adaptation in forest management plans for the boreal forest have been limited. As a starting point, specific objectives for climate change adaptation need to be articulated, which we consider to be synonymous with the criteria for conservation and sustainable management of boreal forests as defined by the Montral Process. Secondly, because forest management plans are hierarchal there are higher level strategic plans and lower level operational plans it is important to distinguish at which planning level adaptation options are most appropriately considered. The purpose of this paper is to put forward a range of alternative adaptation options that forest managers working in the boreal zone could consider during the development of strategic and operational forest management plans in order to achieve sustainability as defined by the Montral Process.

Keywords: Montral Process; adaptation; boreal forest; climate change; forest management plans

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1505/ifor.9.3.713

Affiliations: 1: Sustainable Forest Management Laboratory, Department of Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia, Canada; Forest Management Branch, Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, Government of Yukon, Canada. 2: Sustainable Forest Management Laboratory, Department of Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia, Canada.

Publication date: 2007-09-01

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