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Study Data from Natural Resources Canada Update Knowledge of Forestry


  2011 SEP 23 - (VerticalNews.com) -- "Ontario's forest sector is undergoing a significant shift owing to declining markets for traditional products; this shift is further exacerbated by a cyclical industry downturn. These factors are leading to extensive job losses in Ontario's north as well as rural community upheaval," investigators in Victoria, Canada report.

  "Governments are striving to reverse these effects by stimulating new industries focused on using forest biofibre for products such as fuel for energy specialty chemicals, and polymers. In light of these new demands, provincial and federal policy and science experts are examining the range of potential forest biomass utilization opportunities in terms of their long-term implications for sustainability, role in an emerging bioeconomy, and the possible influences of, for example, a changing climate and technological advances. Current research and broad-scale monitoring projects are helping to answer several important questions in the ecological, economic, policy resource supply, and technological realms, while new questions must be continually addressed. In this paper, we describe the legislative, policy, and administrative context in which the sustainable biofibre industry may exist. We argue that social, economic, and environmental goals for a sustainable forest biofibre industry in Ontario can best be achieved by adhering to the principles of adaptive management," wrote D. Puddister and colleagues, Natural Resources Canada.

  The researchers concluded: "Market forces and third-party certification, which can influence the biofibre sector, are also discussed."

  Puddister and colleagues published their study in Forestry Chronicle (Opportunities and challenges for Ontario's forest bioeconomy. Forestry Chronicle, 2011;87(4):468-477).

  For additional information, contact D. Puddister, Nat Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Center, Victoria, BC V8Z 1M5, Canada.

  The publisher of the journal Forestry Chronicle can be contacted at: Canadian Institute Forestry, C, O Canadian Ecology Centre, PO Box 430, 6905 Hwy 17 W, Mattawa, Ontario P0H 1V0, Canada.

  Keywords: City:Victoria, State:British Columbia, Country:Canada, Region:North and Central America

  This article was prepared by VerticalNews Economics editors from staff and other reports. Copyright 2011, VerticalNews Economics via VerticalNews.com.

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