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Regeneration Dynamics of White Spruce, Trembling Aspen, and Balsam Poplar in Response to Disturbance, Climatic, and Edaphic Factors in the Cold, Dry Boreal Forests of the Southwest Yukon, Canada

Shyam K Paudel, Craig R Nitschke, Suzanne W Simard, John L Innes

Journal of Forestry | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2015


The southwestern region of the Yukon Territory of Canada has experienced an unprecedented spruce bark beetle outbreak (Dendroctonus rufipennis) and an increase in the frequency of forest fires that extend beyond historical trends and that have caused significant impacts on forest structure and composition. A Strategic Forest Management Plan (SFMP) for the Champagne and Aishihik Traditional Territory located in the southwest Yukon was implemented in 2004 in response to the spruce bark beetle (D. rufipennis) infestation and increased fire risk. The plan has recommended salvage harvesting of beetle-killed stands as a strategy to facilitate the development of a timber industry in the region and ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We acknowledge the Ministry of Energy Mines and Resources, Yukon Government, and the Government of Champagne and Aishihik First Nations for their contributions and support for this study. Financial support for the project was received from the Yukon Government and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada.