Forestry and Agrifoods
The Centre for Forest Science and Innovation is responsible for the development of forest related research programs and science capacity in the Province consistent with themes of the Provincial Sustainable Forest Management Strategy and other guiding documents.
In the context of the Provincial Forest Research Strategy, various other provincial and related documents, strategic directions are focused under ecological considerations, economic considerations and social (societal) considerations within overarching research integration framework.
Research themes under the ecological direction include forest disturbance, climate change, ecosystem dynamics, biodiversity and water. Economic themes are grouped under innovation, industry and markets; while social themes include forest based communities, aboriginal participation and forest values.
Within this logical framework, there is a hierarchical structure and a research philosophy which employs an adaptive management approach to assist in the integration of research and decision making.
Examples of projects proposed include the Newfoundland and Labrador climate change transect, Newfoundland Marten responses to forest harvest, natural disturbance in Labrador, wireless sensor networks for real time monitoring, and variation in tree fibre characteristics by site. Priority areas include climate change and innovation.
Partnerships are encouraged with academia, industry and other research agencies. Forest managers and practitioners are also engaged in developing and implementing program areas and applied research.
The development of the Provincial Forest Research Strategy; co-ordination with industry, academia, and other research agencies; assessment of related research proposals; conduct of applied research highlighting an adaptive management approach and integration in decision making.