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Forest Adaptation

Growing Resilient Forests

Forests are the single greatest tool we have to sequester carbon on a large scale to mitigate the effects of climate change. But, what if forests are themselves not able to cope with the effects of climate change?

The Acadian Forest Region has been extensively degraded through centuries of intensive land-use and forestry practices. Over the years, these practices have altered the unique composition of this special forest and yielded a landscape that is patchy, relatively young and suffers from a lack of diversity. A degraded forest’s lack of diversity reduces its ability to securely sequester carbon and can become a source of emissions, rather than reductions—that’s why Community Forests International helping landowners grow more resilient forests.

Climate Change in the Acadian Forest

As climates in the Acadian Forest Region become generally warmer and wetter, so too do growing conditions for tree species. Many cold-adapted boreal species will no longer find this region hospitable. As Acadian forests have been transformed to be more like the Boreal Forest, the Maritimes’ forests are less resilient to these changes and will suffer further. Community Forests International is working to manage Acadian forests to store more carbon and mitigate climate change, as well as restore climate change-resilient species to allow the Acadian Forest to better adapt to climate change.

Our Expert

Our Forest Ecologist, Megan de Graaf, leads our climate-adaptive silviculture work. She works tirelessly with forestry professionals and organizations across New Brunswick to integrate climate adaptation into forest management.


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With your help, we can make sure that the Acadian forest thrives—now and into the future.

Resources

In collaboration with silviculturalist Gareth Davies and the New Brunswick Federation of Woodlot Owners, we have created a series of tools and resources to support forestry professionals to manage forests to prioritize climate change resilient forests. Check out the resources developed to date:

  • Videos

    In 2019, we hosted a 1-day workshop in Fredericton that included presentations on climate change and introduced the first edition of new silviculture prescription guidelines that consider climate change impacts. You can watch the presentations from the workshop here.

  • Silviculture Prescriptions

    Increase the resilience of your forest with our climate change adaptive silviculture guide, delivered in collaboration with silviculturalist Gareth Davies. Check out the latest edition of the prescriptions decision tree and the companion document.

  • Land Management Options

    Coming soon!