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The Lake Duparquet Research and Teaching Forest (FERLD) is centrally located in the Boreal Shield Ecozone (approx. 48°30' N, 79°22' W). While the FERLD was only officially created by the government of Quebec in 1996, research in forest ecology began in the area in the late seventies. Since the mid-80s, an active research program has been underway in the research forest, led by the GREF- Interuniversitaire of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and URDFAT of the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT). The 8,045 hectare forest is managed by UQAM and UQAT and representatives from two forest companies, Tembec Forest Products Group and Norbord Industries (Nexfor), sit on the management committee. About 75 % of the land base is devoted to developing, applying and demonstrating ecosystem management in the boreal mixed-wood, while 25% of the area, containing forests which have originated from a dozen different fires dating from 1760 to 1944, serves as a natural benchmark for monitoring (Fire history map). This will enable comparison of ecosystem composition, structure and processes of managed and natural forests.

MISSION

The mission of the Lake Duparquet Forest is develop, through research, experimentation and demonstration, forest management and silvicultural practices that respect the function of the natural milieu while taking into consideration socio-economic expectations.

OBJECTIVES

  1. To favour integration of basic and applied research as while the transfer and application of knowledge toward forest management practices by undertaking innovative silvicultural field trials and management activities ;
  2. To insure for long-term research and monitoring, the conservation of representative natural areas and the protection of experimental sites ;
  3. To manage the forest for teaching purposes in the application of sustainable forest management ;
  4. To favour a joint and integrated management framework (industry-university) which facilitates planning and implementation of plans adapted to multiple use and sustainability of all land resources ;
  5. To formalize the collaboration between UQAM et UQAT and to favour the integration of other research organizations in the Forest ;

In association with regional partners, develop the potential of the Forest for nature and forestry interpretation.

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