Our forests, our communities, our future

Eastern CANADA-USA FOREST SCIENCE Conference 2018

Balancing forest production and conservation

October 18-20, 2018 - Fredericton, New Brunswick


The northeastern United States and eastern Canada share a vital and common link to the northern forest. In addition to strong economic dependence, people of the region derive considerable recreational, aesthetic, and ecological values from this forest. The future of the region clearly relies upon the sustainable management of this highly valued forest resource.

Because of the northern forest’s importance, forest managers and researchers from the northeastern states and eastern Canadian provinces are working continuously to find solutions to a wide variety of natural resource problems. Great work is occurring on both sides of the US/Canadian border that would be further enhanced by regular information exchange about issues affecting the northern forest. A forum was needed to promote ongoing discussions and collaborations about the latest forest problems, methods, findings, and technologies.

The Eastern CANUSA Forest Science Conference was developed to provide a regular venue for communications among forest managers, forest scientists, policy makers, students, natural resource professionals, and others interested in forest resource issues from both sides of the Canadian/US border. Conferences have been held biannually since 2002. Ultimately, this conference is designed to offer researchers and graduate students the opportunity to share their research before an audience of their peers and foster international professional relationships.

All interested researchers and graduate students are invited to submit presentation proposals on any topic related to the theme of ECANUSA 2018. ECANUSA is open to all forest science fields, including:

Adaptive Management

Decision Support Tools

Forest health

Forest disturbance ecology and dynamics

Abiotic disturbance

Human dimensions

Community based forestry

Family forest owners

Land use and fragmentation


Managing forested ecosystems

Forest policy and economics

Forest ecology and wildlife

Mixedwood management

Presentations (click on titles to view):




Atlantic Urban Forest Conference

November 7th & 8th, 2017

Fredericton, New Brunswick

Over the past several years an ice storms and the post-tropical storm Arthur hit Atlantic Canada.  The storms left behind extensive damage causing electrical outages, damage to infrastructure and disruption of community services.  Both events highlight the importance of effective planning and management one of our greatest assets: our urban forests. 

To facilitate discussion and sharing of knowledge, the Atlantic Urban Forest Collective is hosting a two day conference: “Celebrating Canada’s 150 — Are Our Urban Forests Ready for the Next 150?”.  The conference is planned for November 7th and 8th, 2017 and will address the need for sharing knowledge, experiences and information about urban forestry. The conference will bring together over 150 professionals (the target is a regional audience that includes arborists, landscapers, municipalities, utility companies, community and home developers, municipal leaders, government, consultants, planners, forest practitioners and the interested public) to learn and discuss how to best manage a the urban forest in Atlantic Canada.  It is a great opportunity to catch up with current clients and build new relationships!

Presentations (click on titles to view):



Inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic Salmon Workshop

Sackville, New Brunswick

February 15, 2017


Workshop Overview: There are many groups working in Atlantic Canada to restore aquatic habitat for wild Atlantic Salmon populations in the Inner Bay of Fundy region and beyond. Often, there is a fragmented approach to restoration efforts due to limited funding and human resources with little collaboration between groups with similar restoration goals. In this workshop, the Atlantic Salmon Federation’s Recovery Strategy will introduce a holistic approach to identifying and addressing root-cause issues facing wild Atlantic salmon in their freshwater ecosystems. The workshop will promote understanding your respective watersheds and sharing strategies that work to address fundamental issues and achieve collective restoration goals.

The objectives of this workshop were:

  • To introduce ASF’s Atlantic Salmon Recovery Strategy to New Brunswick, PEI, and Nova Scotia conservation organizations, including identifying big-picture, root cause issues affecting salmon production in watersheds and approaches for addressing them.
  • Groups will gain an understanding of where their current conservation initiatives fit into the framework of the Recovery Strategy approach, and how to apply the recommendations to address the unique recovery needs in their respective watersheds.
  • Upon completion of this workshop, attendees/groups should be familiar with ASF’s freshwater restoration decision matrix, how to apply it to the needs of their river, and understand the five key guiding principles that are common characteristics of successful recovery programs.

Presentations (click on titles to view):

An Overview of ASF’s Atlantic Salmon Recovery Strategy - Geoff Giffin – ASF

Freshwater Restoration Decision Matrix and Identifying Root Cause Issues - Nathan Wilbur – ASF

Know Your River’s Fish – Monitoring the Petitcodiac - Tim Robinson – Fort Folly Habitat Recovery

Project Prioritization and Restoration of Watershed Processes at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown - Andy Smith – CFB Gagetown

Improving Connectivity – the NS Experience - Amy Weston – Nova Scotia Adopt-a-Stream

Guiding Principles Overview – common elements of effective programs (ASF) - Lewis Hinks - ASF

Case Study: The West River/Sheet Harbour liming project experience - Dr. Eddie Halfyard - Nova Scotia Salmon Association

Looking ahead – Intro to ASF’s approach to community engagement - Dr. Steve Sutton - ASF


Forest Pest and Disease Workshop 2012
Feb. 15, 2012
Fredericton, N.B.

Presented by: Fundy Model Forest

Research indicates another spruce budworm outbreak is imminent in New Brunswick. Updates were presented on the status of the spruce budworm, balsam woolly adelgid, brown spruce long horn beetle and emerald ash bore among other pests, along with the latest research on potential treatments, forecasting tools and monitoring methods and results for the insects causing the greatest concern. Several of the presentations are available below with audio. The program and pest summary are in pdf format. For continuing education credits, please contact the Association of Registered Professional Foresters of New Brunswick or the Canadian Institute of Forstery (Maritimes).

Includes abstracts and speaker bios

Summary of Forest Pest Conditions in New Brunswick in 2011 and Outlook for 2012

Prepared by New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources Pest Management Branch

The Next Spruce Budworm Outbreak in New Brunswick: Anticipatory, Reactive or Crisis Manangement - Dave MacLean

Balsam Woolly Adelgid in New Brunswick
- Dan Quiring

Implications of Intensive Silviculture and Hardwood Dynamics on Forest Management
Jan. 28, 2010
Fredericton, N.B.

Presented by:Sustainable Forest Management Network, Fundy Model Forest and J.D. Irving, Limited, in conjunction with University of New Brunswick, Fredericton and Université de Moncton

This Workshop presented results of 10 graduate student projects at University of New Brunswick and Université de Moncton, in partnership with the above Workshop sponsors, addressing dynamics of mixedwood stands and relationship of stand composition and structure to habitat in silviculturally treated stands (plantations and pre-commercially thinned stands). This large project took place in two study areas about 300 km apart, in northern NB (Black Brook District) and southern NB (Fundy Model Forest). The Black Brook District is among the most intensively managed landscapes in Canada, and silviculture since 1957 provides a wealth of sites for study. Fundy Model Forest is a 400,000ha mix of ownerships (Crown, large industrial, private woodlots, and Fundy National Park) and forest types in southern N.B, which is less intensively managed than the Black Brook District. Both areas contain a mix of softwood and shade-tolerant hardwood forests.


Bryophytes and herbaceous species in plantations and pre-commercially thinned stands

Amy Witkowski, Kate Frego, Kerienne LaFrance and Mark Roberts
Presented by Kate Frego

Triad zoning scenarios of intensive silviculture and reserve allocation on Crown License 1
Chris Ward, Tom Beckley, Thom Erdle and Dave MacLean
Presented by Chris Ward

Abundance, age, body mass & spatial repartition of American marten in an industrial forest in northern NB
Pascale Forget and Claude Samson
Presentd by Claude Samson

Dynamics of mixedwood stands, as influenced by natural disturbance and succession
Luke Amos-Binks, Dave MacLean, Bob Wagner and Jeremy Wilson
Presented by Luke Amos-Binks

Effects of spruce budworm on stand dynamics of balsam fir and red spruce mixedwoods
Amanda Colford-Gilks, Dave MacLean, John Kershaw, and Martin Béland
Presented by Amanda Colford-Gilks

Incorporation of research results into forest management: research to empower the manager
Gaetan Pelletier and Greg Adams
Presented by Gaetan Pelletier

*Videos of several of the presentations are available in the video section of our website.

Tough Times, New Ideas
Feb. 9, 2009
Fredericton, N.B.

Presented by: Fundy Model Forest, Canadian Institute for Forest Policy and Communications, New Brunswick Federation of Woodlot Owners

This workshop brought together representatives from all links of the supply chain in the private woodlot sector to identify issues and brainstorm solutions.

Summary of Discussions

Forest Biomass Feedstock Workshop
Feb. 24, 2009
Fredericton, N.B.

Presented by: Fundy Model Forest

The potential of forest biomass as a source of renewable energy has resulted in increased demand for this material which can include tops and branches of trees left after timber harvests, poor quality trees, trees removed during land clearing operations, and wood residues produced by sawmills.

This workshop provided information, described tools to predict the availability of sustainable supplies of biomass feedstock and identified gaps in knowledge that need to be investigated.

The presentations given by the six speakers are available here in video format in the resources section of this website. The presentations are also available on the DVD, “Forest Biomass Workshop”, by request from the Fundy Model Forest by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by filling out the order form on this site.


Management implications of forest dynamics, succession, and habitat relationships under differing levels of silviculture in New Brunswick mixedwood forests - Power Points
Sept. 9, 2008
Fredericton, NB

Presented by: Fundy Model Forest in conjunction with Canadian Institute of Forestry, 100th anniversary

The presentations listed here reflect the progress as of Sept. 2008 of these studies which formed one of the extensive silviculture research programs undertaken in New Brunswick.

Abstracts, speaker contact information and workshop agenda

Management implications of forest dynamics, succession, and habitat relationships under differing levels of silviculture in New Brunswick mixedwood forests  Dr. David MacLean, University of New Brunswick

Effects of pre-commercial thinning on the abundance of the herbaceous layer - Keri LaFance, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

The response of forest floor byrophytes to pre-commercial thinning in the Acadian forest - Amy Witkowski, University of New Brunswick, Saint John

Small mammal response to pre-commercial thinning over a 20 year period - Julie Henderson, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Response of forest birds to partial harvesting - Jean-François Poulin, Université de Moncton

The survival, fecundity, and movement of the northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus) in a managed landscape -Matthew Smith, University of New Brunswick

Dynamics of Mixedwood Stands in the Blackbrook District -Luke Amos-Binks, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Design and implementation of bio-energy strategies into forest management scenarios for Crown land in NB - Jean- François Carle, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Effects of Forest Zoning Scenarios on Timber and Non-Timber Values - Chris Ward, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Incorporation of Research Results into Forest Management Research to Empower the Manager Gaetan Pelletier, J.D. Irving, Limited

Valuation of Ecological Goods and Services Workshop
Feb. 2007
Amherst, N.S.

Presented by: Canadian Model Forest Network and Canadian Federation of Woodlot Owners and co-hosted by Fundy Model Forest and Nova Forest Alliance

This CD contains the speaker's Power Point presentations.Topics include how a value can be determined for ecological goods and services provided by woodlots, a payment system in place in Costa Rica, and a pilot project underway in PEI.

The workshop was the first in a series presented across Canada by the Canadian Model Forest Network, through the Private Woodlot Strategic Initiative, and the Canadian Federation of Woodlot Owners. Fundy Model Forest and Nova Forest Alliance co-hosted the Maritime event. (Available in English only.) Copies are available on request from the Fundy Model Forest by filling out this order form.

Update: The complete series of workshops has been summarized in “Valuing Ecological Goods & Services from the Forest: Overview and Results of Five Regional Workshops.” This document is available on the Canadian Model Forest Network webiste: www.modelforest.net or a print copy is available on request from Fundy Model Forest by filling out this order form.

Forest Management Planning in the Face of Climate Change:  Impact and Adaptation in the Acadian Forest
May 6-7, 2007
Fredericton, N.B.

This two-day workshop has been summarized in the following documents: The first is a two-page overview that summarizes the knowledge gaps and required actions identified during the first day of the workshop.  The other is a compilation of the discussions of the second facilitated workshop during which researchers and industry leaders attempted to set the direction for research addressing climate change in the Acadian forest.

Summary of Workshop Overview

Forest Management Planning in the Face of Climate Change-Summary_2

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