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A compilation of forest biomass harvesting and related policy in Canada

Author(s) or contact(s): J. Roach and S.M. Berch
Source: Ministry of Environment
Subject: Socio-Economics
Series: Technical Report
Other details:  Published 2014. Hardcopy is available.


A very important issue in discussions around the harvesting of woody forest biomass in Canada is whether existing policies and guidelines are adequate to ensure that it is harvested and used in a manner that will benefit present and future generations. The perception that woody biomass harvesting may stress forest resources if precautions are not taken suggests that guidelines may be needed to ensure that its harvesting is sustainable and that forest ecosystem health and site productivity are maintained. Forest biomass harvesting guidelines have been developed in several U.S. states, and in Europe, but what policies and guidelines are in place in Canada?

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Updated May 16, 2014