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Silviculture Resources

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 Wabanaki-Acadian Forest Region has been extensively degraded through centuries of intensive land-use and forestry practices. Over the years, these practices have 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 is helping restore more resilient forests.

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 protect the remaining Wabanaki-Acadian forests, restore climate change-resilient species, and adapt these forests for long-term community and climate benefits. Through sharing our learnings and resources, we hope to inspire and support others to do the same.


Megan de Graaf

Megan, our Forest Ecologist and Forest Program Director, leads our climate-adaptive silviculture work. She works tirelessly to support other forestry professionals and organizations across New Brunswick to integrate climate adaptation into their forest management.

Dani Miller

Our Forest Program Coordinator, Dani, is developing our Acadian forest ecological database while developing tools and resources to support the 80,000 family forest owners across the Maritimes to adopt climate-smart forest management practices on their lands.

A photo of staff member Dani Miller.

Tools & 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: