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Enjeux et solutions pour la sylviculture intensive de plantations dans un contexte d'aménagement écosystémique. (French)

Title :
Enjeux et solutions pour la sylviculture intensive de plantations dans un contexte d'aménagement écosystémique. (French)
Authors :
Barrette, Martin
Leblanc, Marc
Thiffault, Nelson
Paquette, Alain
Lavoie, Luc
Bélanger, Louis
Bujold, Frédéric
Côte, Lévis
Lamoureux, Jean
Schneider, Robert
Tremblay, Jean-Pierre
Côté, Sylvie
Boucher, Yan
Deshaies, Marie-Ève
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Source :
Forestry Chronicle; Nov/Dec2014, Vol. 90 Issue 6, p732-747, 16p
Abstract (English) :
Forest plantations are recognized as a silvicultural tool for ensuring a timber supply that meets public expectations regarding sustainable forest management. However, they are also part of the silvicultural scenario that shows the greatest potential for the artificialization of natural forests. From a firsthand perspective, intensive plantation silviculture objectives may appear antagonistic to those of ecosystem management. Here we describe the process through which we defined and documented plantation issues, then propose potential solutions to allow the integration of intensive plantation silviculture into ecosystem management. We identify issues related to the scale, localization and spatial arrangement of plantations, the key attributes and resilience of natural forests, social acceptability, and the productivity and profitability of plantations. We also propose potential solutions likely to help manage plantations within a context of ecosystem management. These include modulating silvicultural treatments to enhance the naturalness of plantations, conducting treatments to obtain expected production rates, and ensuring that plantations are deployed across the landscape in a manner that integrates stakeholder concerns and considers the naturalness of the forest matrix. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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