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The Ecology and Silviculture of Bigleaf Maple

Author(s) or contact(s): K.D. Thomas
Source: Research Branch
Subject: Hardwoods and Mixedwoods
Series: Extension Note
Other details:  Published 1999. Hardcopy is available.
 

Abstract

Why Manage for Bigleaf Maple?

Recent trends are encouraging greater utilization and management of broadleaf trees, because of increased recognition of their important contributions to the vigour, diversity, and sustainability of British Columbia's forest ecosystems.

Bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum Pursh.) is the only tree-size maple in British Columbia, and it is one of five major broadleaf species in the province: aspen, red alder, cottonwood-balsam poplar, paper birch, and bigleaf maple.

Bigleaf maple has potential as a commercial tree species and its wood is used for furniture, face veneers, and container construction. Responsible management and utilization of this resource could provide employment opportunities in forestry and value-added sectors. In addition, it is a desirable ecosystem component, adding to the structural and species diversity of British Columbia's coastal forests. Bigleaf maple's presence can also lead to improved site productivity, long-term sustainability, and forest health.

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Updated April 19, 2007