Approved Grants - Forest Science


Algoma University College - $25,800

Addendum to Northern Ontario Plant Database and Website

As per original project

  • To compile a database of vascular plant specimens from northern Ontario herbaria
  • To construct the Northern Ontario Plant (NOP) Website, containing links to descriptive information on forest species listed in northern Ontario FEC Manuals

Bowater - $154,100

Evaluation of Growth Responses, Wood Quality, Stand Value, and Financial Returns from Pre-Commercially Thinned Stands in NW Ontario

  • To quantify the effects of PCT on the growth and yield, wood quality, and stand value
  • To identify areas where commercial thinning could be done as a further treatment by establishing PCT trials in jack pine stands

Canadian Forest Service - $154,000

Forest Fire Level of Protection Model for Protection of Wood Supply and Analysis of Climate Change in Ontario

  • To redevelop and enhance Ontario's forest fire level of protection simulation model
  • To make research results available for use nationally and internationally in future research and resource management

Confederation College - $262,177

Evaluation & Calibration of Digital Large-Scale Photography for Forest Modeling and Assessment

  • To determine the level of detail, accuracy and confidence associated with digital LSP surveys and evaluate results in relation to traditional inventory techniques
  • To develop the appropriate protocols and methods of application for LSP surveys in Ontario
  • To transfer the LSP survey and assessment methodology to land managers in Ontario through publications and workshops

Forest Ecosystem Science Cooperative - $361,000

Ontario Old Growth & Yield Historical Plot Data Reconstruction & Spatial Compilation

  • To create a historic plot registry in five steps: database development, field verification, summary data collection, crew training and website production

Forestry Research Partnership - $40,000

Regeneration of Ontario Boreal Mixedwoods

  • To provide interim data to compare stand structures and volumes of a range of vegetation management and silvicultural options using quantitative data from several 5-10 year old conifer release efforts on boreal mixedwoods sites

Forintek Canada Corp. - $85,000

Maximizing the Value of Ontario Hardwood Resources through Intensive Silviculture & Improved Utilization

  • To incorporate internal log quality into hardwoods in Intensive Forest Management strategies
  • To process strategies to maximize the value of hardwoods, focusing on the two most valuable species, sugar maple and yellow birch

Lake Abitibi Model Forest - $120,000

Regional Community Constellation Impact Model

  • To provide resource managers and resource dependent communities with a better understanding of the socio-economic benefits of managing the forest for various values, including timber, tourism, hunting and fishing

Lakehead University - $151,717

A Study to Value-Add to Under-Valued Timber Species in NW Ontario Using a Unique Heat Treat Drying Process

  • To investigate the benefits of the Superior Thermowood value-added process in changing the physical properties of undervalued timber species in northwestern Ontario
  • To define controlled drying formulas for each species of wood trailed and to further distinguish physical and mechanical properties

Lakehead University - $221,344

Building a Carbon and Nitrogen Soils Database for the Legacy Forest

  • To create a new soils layer in the Legacy Forest database that targets sites of specific ecological and economic interest

Lakehead University - $22,500

Identification of Black Spruce Seed Sources to Compensate for Loss of Growth Resulting from Climate Change

  • To complete a one-year program that will measure and use the results of existing range-wide black spruce provenance tests in and outside of Ontario
  • To predict the species future performance under changing climate in Ontario

Millson Forestry Services - $13,000

Conifer Seed Enhancement with Red/Infrared Light & Plant Growth Regulators

  • To generate a cost-effective technology using light and/or plant growth regulators to promote germination in problematic conifer seed lots

Nipissing University - $80,591

Regenerating Ontario's Red Pine Forests in Changing Climate

  • To gain a better understanding of the factors that promote and limit the natural regeneration of red pine
  • To examine the impact of forest management practices that modify canopy and ground surface characteristics on site conditions
  • To quantify canopy openness and relate canopy characteristics to subcanopy microclimates and seedling growth and physiological responses, obtaining information on seedling growth response to different levels of light

Superior-Woods Tree Improvement Association - $75,000

Incorporating Wood Quality Traits in Black Spruce and Jack Pine Tree Improvement Programs in NW Ontario for High-Quality and Maximum Fibre Yield Production

  • To estimate the genetic variation, heritability and age-age correlation of wood density, growth traits and dry fibre weight at three ages in black spruce and jack pine
  • To evaluate the impact of different selection scenarios on genetic gains in fibre yield, growth traits and wood quality as well as the impact on second-generation selections and tree improvement strategy

University of Guelph - $105,000

Marten as Indicators of the Effects of Intensive Forest Management In Ontario Clay-Belt Forests

  • To determine the value of marten as an indicator species for IFM sites

University of Toronto, Earth Sciences Centre - $56,000

Modeling the Effects of Selection Management on Tree Species Diversity in Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Forests

  • To develop and calibrate a model for simulating selection management in the GLSL forests of Ontario

University of Toronto, Faculty of Forestry - $105,165

Adaptive Responses to Climate Change-Induced Tree Migration in Ontario

  • To identify areas of the province that may be especially vulnerable to global warming
  • To model the migration that the warming might impose, and hence to identify key source populations

University of Toronto, Faculty of Forestry - $115,538

Fire, Climate and Intensive Forest Management in Ontario

  • To develop an integrated fire/forest management decision support system that can be used to help evaluate spatially explicit fire/forest management planning strategies given current and projected climate change


Algoma University College - $125,000

Northern Ontario Plant (NOP) Database and Website

  • To compile a database of vascular plant specimens from Northern Ontario hebaria
  • To develop a Website containing links to descriptive information on forest species
  • Website to be hosted and maintained by Canadian Forest Service, Great Lakes Forestry Centre over the long-term

Canadian Forest Service, Great Lakes Forestry Centre - $330,000

Effects of Intensive Forest Management (IFM) on Aspects of Biodiversity at Multiple Scales

  • To examine wildlife species' responses by comparison of densities across treatments, based on predicted effects from aspatial modelling
  • To compare habitat associations of moose, snowshoe hare, successional forest birds, and amphibians in test stands and landscapes, using the Patchworks model

Forestry Research Partnership at the Canadian Ecology Centre - $109,300

Competition Studies and Demonstration

  • To demonstrate the value of weed control in forest renewal in Pine shelterwood systems
  • To demonstrate the need to manage weed competition to optimize early growth as well as final yield

Forestry Research Partnership at the Canadian Ecology Centre - $40,000

Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) Model Validation

  • To validate the recently developed FVS Ontario prototype model to help identify data attribute and stand type/age gaps that require future sampling efforts, and facilitate where necessary, model form calibration

Forestry Research Partnership at the Canadian Ecology Centre - $94,000

Logging Damage Impacts and Mitigation in the Boreal and Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Forests

  • To provide knowledge to enhance current standards related to site and stem damage
  • To verify long-term growth and yield expectations in forest modelling exercises
  • To suggest modifications to current harvesting practices to improve operational efficiency, while reducing the negative environmental impacts

Forestry Research Partnership at the Canadian Ecology Centre - $330,000

Maximizing the Value of Ontario's Jack Pine Resource

  • To define the best silvicultural strategies required to produce quality wood /wood products by evaluating the impact of intensive silviculture treatments on wood characteristics, product quality, and value in jack pine stands

Forestry Research Partnership at the Canadian Ecology Centre - $100,000

Northeastern Ontario Enhanced Forest Productivity Pilot Project

  • To develop, test, refine IFM practices and assess where they should occur in the context of the Enhanced Forest Productivity Sub-committee report
  • To project supply and demand imbalances over time
  • To forecast a suite of IFM treatments, and examine the potential application of enhanced forest productivity to the implementation of "room to grow" framework

Forestry Research Partnership at the Canadian Ecology Centre - $100,000

Old Study Measurement for Intensive Forest Management

  • To build on the on-going process of finding, assessing, and integrating growth and yield information from older site preparation and vegetation management projects
  • To increase the ability to make better long-term forecasts, so that planning decisions are socio-economic based

Forestry Research Partnership at the Canadian Ecology Centre - $285,000

Permanent Sample Plot Program

  • To use plot reactivation in neglected trials and to take remeasurements focusing on known data gaps in Intensive Forest Management (IFM) treatments
  • To assist in building the benchmark yield curves, and growth & yield density information within an adaptive framework

Forestry Research Partnership at the Canadian Ecology Centre - $90,000

Product Parameter Based Decision Support System for Jack Pine

  • To extend the existing stand density management diagram (SDMD) to develop a decision support tool for SDM
  • To facilitate forest management decisions based on product outputs from stands rather than wood volume production only; to help define the Forest Management Strategy required to achieve specific objectives

Forestry Research Partnership at the Canadian Ecology Centre - $20,000

Response of Advanced White Pine to Release

  • To help nurture a new and larger white pine forest and succeed in releasing it to form a new stand
  • To update the silvicultural guide, to develop Silvicultural Ground Rules for shelterwood at the removal cut stage
  • To provide data for effectiveness monitoring tools

Forestry Research Partnership at the Canadian Ecology Centre - $107,500

Stand Level Decision Support Systems for Allowable Cut Effect

  • To upgrade existing stand density diagrams by developing Stand Density Management Models for selected species, namely managed lowland and upland black spruce, and managed jack pine

Forestry Research Partnership at the Canadian Ecology Centre - $60,000

Synthesis of Hardwood Research

  • To research, document and evaluate known hardwood silviculture research trials in Ontario for their potential contribution to IFM, providing spatial mapping and reporting

Forestry Research Partnership at the Canadian Ecology Centre - $405,000

Technology Transfer

  • To deliver relevant forest science to specified user groups, using a variety of media and transfer tools.

Kimberly-Clark - $20,500

Assessing the Effects of a Spruce Budworm Outbreak in the Boreal Forest

  • To modify the existing spruce budworm model (SBSDSS) for use in determining appropriate volume reductions resulting from growth loss and mortality, based on the historical stand condition (FRI) in the Kenogami Forest

Lakehead University - $933,170

A Legacy Forest to Study the Long-term Impacts of IFM on Forest Sustainability

  • To establish a framework for science projects that will study how Intensive Forest Management (IFM) affects the multiple goals of sustainable forest management and forest health, to be achieved through the designation of a land base upon which a range of projects will occur

Long Lake Forest Products - $48,950

Characterization of Young, Fire Origin Forests in the Far North for Inventory Updates and Planning

  • To improve information on the impacts and ecological role of fire, and help develop remote sensing techniques to classify large areas of young forest

Upper Lakes Environmental Research Network - $489,200

Developing Sustainable Mixedwood Practices in a Stand Level Adaptive Management (SLAM) Framework

  • To reduce uncertainties in the provincial Boreal Mixedwood (BMW) silviculture guide, and forest management plans of industry partners
  • To determine how BMW management may increase volumes by testing alternative practices for achieving balanced conifer-hardwood mixtures at operational scales


Forest Ecosystem Science Co-operative Inc. - $679,006

Boreal Forest Permanent Growth Plot (PGP) Program

  • To complete the network of PGPs for both natural and managed forest conditions
  • To contribute to the standardization of growth and yield data collection methods
  • To maximize sampling efficiencies and create a shared database and forest information system that integrates with others

Forest Ecosystem Science Co-operative Inc. - $617,000

Can Boreal Forest Management Safely Emulate Natural Disturbance Patterns in Shoreline Forests?

  • To develop impact monitoring protocols, test them and transfer them to industry and the Ministry of Natural Resources

Forest Ecosystem Science Co-operative Inc. - $42,500

Field Guides: 1) Seed Orchard Management 2) Second Generation Progeny Test Management

  • Development of two field guides: "Seed Orchard Management" and "Second-Generation Progeny Test Management"

Forest Ecosystem Science Co-operative Inc. - $1,812,000

New Second Generation Breeding Programs

  • To collect and analyze progeny test data to support the selection of trees
  • Project to involve controlled pollination to generate seeds of the best trees and the collection of open-pollinated seed from superior trees

KBM Forestry Consultants - $96,500

Application of Remote Sensing Technology to Improve Forest Resources Inventories

  • To explore the links between Ontario's land cover classes and forest units and develop methods to harmonize these systems

Lakehead University - $131,750

Acquisition of Ecologically-based Site Index Information for Seven Major Hardwood Species in Central Ontario

  • To provide information on site productivity of tolerant hardwood forests through the collection of height and diameter growth data of seven major hardwood species
  • To develop and refine site index curves for these species and to explore the possibility of developing site index curves for uneven-aged mixedwood stands with different species composition and ratios

Lakehead University - $140,210

Development of Focal Point Seed Zones for White Spruce in Northern Ontario

  • To improve knowledge of adaptive variation of white spruce in order to refine the existing pattern of seed zones for this species in the region
  • To evaluate the possibility of enhancing growth and yield by using certain rapid growing non-local seed sources
  • To develop a rapid operational method of site-specific seed source selection based on GIS techniques

Lakehead University - $39,375

Refinement of CENTURY, an Ecosystem Model for Black Spruce in Northern Ontario

  • To provide additional data on the pools and processes in the black spruce stands including further calibration and validation of the CENTURY model
  • To provide improved understanding of appropriate uses for the model in the prediction of stand response to harvesting disturbances

Upper Lakes Environmental Research Network - $903,500

Intensive Forest Management Science Partnership: NEBIE Plot Network

  • To test the effects and feasibility of implementing a broad range of forest management practices in the Boreal and Great Lakes-St. Lawrence forest regions on seven experimental installation sets, extending from Sioux Lookout to the Abitibi Model Forest, and south into North Bay
  • To permit a comparison of natural disturbances through a range of silvicultural practices


Canadian Ecology Centre's Forestry Research Partnership Program - $382,545

Forestry Research Partnership Program (a series of 19 separate projects)

  • To identify, develop and implement ecologically sustainable and scientifically defensible forestry practices using research conducted over a series of scales from individual stands to the landscape level
  • To investigate the effects of Intensive Forest Management on biodiversity
  • To maintain and enhance an economically viable and long-term supply of quality fibre to Tembec mills and their communities