Learn effective forest management practices that balance ecological and economic in Nova Scotian woodlands through field-based learning. Designed for both new and current woodland stewards, this course explores management practices that support various timber and non-timber values, including wildlife, recreation, culture and biodiversity benefits.
Forests are a critical component of the global carbon cycle and have the potential to store carbon when properly managed. Forests are also long timescale ecological systems, and today’s management decisions will have significant impacts on future economic and biophysical aspects. Climate change is influencing forest management best-practices, and also increasing risks from fire and pest damage. Regulatory considerations often dictate which practices are used forest management. This course provides a basic foundation in how forest regulations and planning skills can be applied to properly manage forest stands. A skilled workforce is needed to manage the future of Canada’s forestry sector and this course helps in the transition to a more ecologically-based forest management approach needed for Canada’s low carbon economy.
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