Research shows that the distribution of temperate hardwoods (sugar maple, red maple and yellow birch) could be shifting northward, which would have serious consequences for the boreal forest.
The forest fires of the summer of 2023 in Québec were devastating. It was the worst year in 50 years. But with climate change, the worst may be yet to come.
Boreal plants produce molecules that are valued by traditional medicines and inspire the development of medicinal products by contemporary chemists.
Some boreal plant species are classified — and treated — as weeds, affecting Indigenous communities’ access to important cultural, medicinal and ceremonial resources.
New scientific discoveries are being made by drawing on Indigenous peoples’ ancestral knowledge about medicinal plants.
A realistic look at forest management on the Nitassinan of Pessamit, based on data from the Québec government’s forest inventories.
Zombie fires smoulder through the winter and reignite in the early spring. How these fires behave is not well understood, but they can contribute to an earlier and longer fire season.
Can planting trees help us solve the climate crisis? Probably, but to what extent?
Is it possible to measure sustainable development? Can we go beyond merely embracing virtuous principles and put the concept into use?
Beavers are an important ecosystem engineer in the boreal forest and researchers are demystifying their secrets.
Logging over the past two centuries has had a major impact on Québec’s forests. The traces it has left will guide the adoption of sustainable forest management techniques.
North America’s boreal forests have been burning a lot, probably more and more over the past 60 years. Yet the long-term trend indicates that they are burning less than they were 150 years ago.
Canada’s boreal forest is affected by global warming, climate change and the frequency of forest fires.
New research shows boreal forests comprised 23% of global wildfire emissions in 2021, up from 10% in a typical year.
The wildfires of the past were as fierce, deadly and eerily similar to the ones we have today. And we have yet to learn to live with them.
Fires today are hotter and more destructive, thanks in part to a warming climate.
Woodland caribou populations are on the decline because human activity changes their habitat and exposes them to predation by wolves. But changing wolves’ hunting habits may protect the caribou.
The Ring of Fire Regional Assessment is Canada’s first opportunity to apply new legislative tools to co-operating with Indigenous jurisdictions. But the government is messing up.
The pledge to end deforestation holds great potential, but Canada has some work ahead if it is to make meaningful progress on the new goal and stop ongoing forest and carbon loss.
Audio recordings of the secret lives of the Canada lynx demonstrate the value of technology in monitoring wildlife.