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Illustration of the novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)

From staple goods to essentials: How the forest sector provides support during a crisis

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the forest sector was deemed essential to the well-being of Canadians because it directly supplies key sanitary household products and inputs for the production of numerous essential products and services, including medical gowns and non-medical masks.

A camera attached to a tree.

When western and Indigenous science and knowledge come together: Collaborative research centred on knowledge co-creation

More than 70% of Indigenous people in Canada live in or near forests and have knowledge spanning generations about their traditional lands. For the past year, the Canadian Forest Service has been working on integrating a collaborative approach based on scientific and Indigenous knowledge co-creation into its practices.

Spruce seedlings in pots at a nursery.

Genomics helps Canada’s forests adapt to the future

Scientists predict that increasing temperatures and changes in weather patterns associated with climate change will drastically affect Canada’s forests in the near future. With the rate of projected climate change expected to be 10 to 100 times faster than the ability of forests adapt naturally, Canada’s trees are benefitting from a helping hand.

Forest fire emitting large quantities of smoke with a helicopter dropping water on the fire.

Monitoring forest fires in Canada from space

Scientists project that the current area of forest burned annually will double by 2050, and that overall, Canada will see more extreme and unmanageable fires. To help prepare and respond to fires, Canada is looking upward to space.

Cucumbers growing on a vine in the Toundra greenhouse.

Turning waste heat from a pulp mill into millions of cucumbers

The design of the Toundra greenhouse is centred around using residuals – in this case, water and CO2 – from the adjacent Resolute Forest Products pulp mill in Saint-Félicien, QC to offset the energy requirements of a large greenhouse.

These articles are from The State of Canada’s Forests Annual Report 2020. Download the PDF version from our publications database.

Table of contents — The State of Canada's Forests Report

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