Wildfires — we usually think of them in terms of forests. But in Canada’s boreal forest, up to one-third of the area burned in wildfires can affect wetlands, which include bogs — also known as muskeg — and swamps.
Scientists at Natural Resources Canada tell us to expect an increase in forest fire frequency as a result of climate change. That’s why – in a country as vast as Canada, that’s home to nine per cent of the world's forests – research into preventing forest fires and mitigating their negative consequences is so important.
Joanne MacDonald, a research scientist with the Atlantic Forestry Centre is studying the potential of a liquid seaweed to ensure the survival of tree seedlings used in reforestation efforts.