Fisheries and Land Resources

Forestry and Agrifoods

White Pine Management

  • White Pine Management has been recently added to the Province's silviculture program.
  • Species is valuable but silvicultural enhancement has been ignored until recently because of severe disease problems.
  • White Pine Blister Rust, introduced from Europe in the early 1900's, has decimated White Pine by killing most of the regeneration.

A better understanding of the disease and other issues has led to the implementation of new silvicultural prescriptions:

  • Planting 400-700 pine seedlings per hectare in combination with spruce plantations
  • Genetic tree improvement programs - seed collection programs which target disease resistant trees
  • Forest improvement programs to favour White Pine crop trees
  • Pruning of juvenile trees to reduce their susceptibility to disease

 

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