Jan. 25, 2011, Saint-Benoît-du-lac, QC – An
agreement between Natural Resources Canada and the Fiducie de recherche sur la
forêt des Cantons-de-l’Est will help expand the understanding of forest
conservation, restoration, and production in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.
The Fiducie, which promotes sustainable forest management by supporting
research projects in forestry, will receive a total of $75,000.
“We are very pleased with this support. It
will allow us to intensify our research and knowledge transfer on every aspect
of forest management in a populated setting,” says Dr. Benoit Truax, trustee
and executive director of the Fiducie. “Over the last 20 years, we have
planted more than 20,000 trees in species restoration and biomass production
sites. These sites are now used by all of our stakeholders as benchmarks for
With the knowledge transfer gained from
this project, forest owners will benefit from the small-scale application of an
ecosystem management system that supports the planting of fast-growing tree
species and species best suited for the restoration of degraded forests. The
agreement between Natural Resources Canada and the Fiducie was signed on July
13, 2010, and the final report is expected in March 2011.