Canadian Wood Fibre Centre

Who we are

The Canadian Wood Fibre Centre (CWFC) is a virtual centre within the Natural Resources Canada–Canadian Forest Service (NRCan-CFS) with employees distributed across the country. As part of its mandate, it provides FPInnovations with forest-level research services (also known as upstream research).

What we do

Within this innovative partnership, our staff responds to the research direction set by the FPInnovations National Research Advisory Committee. Within this structure, our goal is to develop targeted, effective and environmentally responsible “upstream” solutions to challenges faced by the forest industries in Canada’s forest sector.

Our projects

A major thrust for our staff at the CWFC is work identified by the Resource Assessment Program at FPInnovations where research is focused in three areas:

  1. Resource characterization – Enhanced forest inventory systems (current forests)
    This output will facilitate collaboration to develop cost-effective enhanced inventory of large forest areas at spatial resolutions that will help support decisions at strategic, tactical and operational levels. Built on the significant progress of combining both aerial and terrestrial LiDAR, high-resolution digital imagery and statistical modeling capability, the current focus is on increasing its accuracy, utility and resolution. Partnering with provincial governments, academia, consultants and forest companies will ensure that resources are leveraged and focused on usable solutions to important forest sector needs.
  2. Resource production – Innovative technologies for producing wood fibre with desirable attributes (future forests)
    This output develops and implements innovative technology to help produce an improved supply of wood with desirable fibre attributes. To achieve this, research will focus on three main areas: (1) the development of forest genomics tools to identify genetic markers; (2) the development and refinement of conifer somatic embryogenesis systems and their implementation in multi-varietal forestry; and (3) the development of tools and management regimes for short-rotation woody crops. This core area will establish strong partnerships with the provincial governments and industrial sector to ensure effective and rapid uptake of innovations, while leveraging significant funding.

    Examples of current research initiatives include:

  3. Resource optimization – Decision support solutions for enhancing industry competitiveness
    The focus of this output will be to understand, forecast and optimize the future availability of stand, tree and fibre attributes that determine suitability for, value of, and cost of harvest and transformation into, marketable final products. This core area will provide tools to forecast impacts of management decisions and silvicultural treatments on future fibre supply, quality and timing. This will also develop, improve or validate tools to predict the net value of harvesting stands and the economic return from silvicultural investments. The research team will partner with users and other research providers to lever resources and ensure that this work complements existing decision support tools at strategic, tactical and operational levels, while facilitating optimization across the full value chain.

    Examples of current research initiatives include:


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