The mission of the Enhanced Forest Management Group is to conduct fundamental and applied research that will contribute to the enhancement of productivity (growth, health and quality) and to the sustainable management of northern forests.
The Enhanced Forest Management Group 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). An important focus of the Group is the training of undergraduate and graduate students in the techniques of EFM.
In northern forests, Enhanced Forest Management (EFM) comprises a mix of intensive and ecologically based forest management practices that promote the production of wood and other products and values from the forest. EFM includes intensive management practices such as tree improvement, site preparation, planting of trees, vegetation management, density management, and fertilization. Given the limitations on productivity resulting from the short growing season in northern forests, and because of economic necessity, EFM must also rely upon an understanding of natural processes and develop less intensive (and less expensive) manipulations that promote desired values. With the trend to adopt the TRIAD approach to management [i.e. designating forest lands into three categories: 1) intensively managed, 2) extensively managed and 3) those left as reserves], the Centre for Enhanced Forest Management is focusing on the promotion of forest production on both the intensive and extensive management areas. EFM is constrained by the need to manage for wood production and other resource values in a sustainable fashion on both intensively and extensively managed lands.
Major Research Areas
Our five major research areas are: Silviculture and Reclamation; Forest Soils; Forest Genetics and Tree Improvement; Growth and Yield; and Forest Management and Protection.