Species diversity is critical to maintaining a healthy forest, promoting biodiversity and combatting climate change. Before a single tree is harvested, Canada’s certified professional foresters must have comprehensive 100-200 year regeneration plans for our forests approved by provincial governments. These plans consider what was there before and what mix of trees native to a particular area will keep our forests healthy long-term. What’s more, as natural disturbances like fire, pest and disease become more frequent and severe as a result of climate change, our sector is exploring new forest management strategies that regenerate harvested areas with trees that are better adapted to warming temperatures and future climate conditions.
You can learn more about how our sector is working with — and learning from — nature to help keep our forests as forests forever. Or learn more about how Canada’s world-leading commitment to third-party forestry certification standards promote species diversity and healthy, thriving forests.