Council Representatives Tour Great Lake Forestry Centre

GLFC Council Tour 2015
City Council representatives toured Great Lakes Forestry Centre (GLFC) Wednesday May 6 as an opportunity to familiarize new and current members of Council with scientific work being conducted at Canada’s largest facility of its kind. The tour group included City Councillor Judy Hupponen; GLFC Executive Advisor to the Director-General, Cindy Grandinetti; GLFC Director-General , Dr. David Nanang; Mayor Christian Provenzano; Councillors Frank Fata, Steve Butland, Susan Myers; and, GLFC Director Planning and Operations, Dan Galarneau.

The Great Lakes Forestry Centre has been a landmark in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario for close to 40 years. The staff and facility are important parts of the city and enjoy good working relationships with many institutions, businesses and the municipal government.

Following last fall’s municipal election, the Great Lakes Forestry Centre extended an invitation to the Mayor and members of Council to tour the Centre providing an opportunity for new and returning members of Council to familiarize themselves on current research activities and to meet scientists, researchers and administrative staff.

GLFC Council Tour 2015
City representatives tour one of Great Lakes Forestry Centre’s laboratory facilities where soils and water scientist Paul Hazlett (far left) explains various aspects of his work including the Turkey Lakes Watershed research area north of the city that was established in 1979 and is one of the longest running ecosystem studies in Canada.
GLFC Council Tour 2015
An informal session at the end of the tour allowed city representatives to meet and speak with various Great Lakes Forestry Centre scientists and researchers about their work including studies on the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). From the time of EAB discovery in Canada, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has played a prominent role in developing methods for detection and control of this insect. TreeAzin, an insecticide developed by NRCan researchers and marketed by Sault Ste. Marie’s BioForest, can be used to treat lightly EAB infested ash trees.

The Great Lakes Forestry Centre (GLFC) is one of five research centres within the Canadian Forest Service. Its research priorities include:

Forest pests – Improving the identification, understanding and management of native and alien insects and diseases, using spatial analysis and current biological methods including genomics. Research is aimed at developing biological control methods and strategies, understanding insect biology, improving sampling techniques, and understanding the pathways by which alien pests spread. GLFC also maintains an insect-rearing and quarantine facility–a one-of-a-kind research facility that employs clean-room technology–to support research into invasive and native insects.

Climate change and forest fire studies – Examining the lasting effects of climate change and forest harvesting on forests and watersheds through long-term studies, such as the one at the Turkey Lakes Watershed. Researchers are using spatial analysis to examine the role of climate in natural systems and the impacts of and adaptations to climate change. Work also includes developing knowledge of fire behaviour to advance the use of fire management tools that can, for example, help minimize the impacts of disaster fires by providing real-time maps of fire hazard conditions.

Forest ecosystem research – Generating knowledge of the impacts of human-induced disturbances on forest ecosystems, and informing the development of ecosystem-based forest management policy to sustain ecological integrity. Work includes examining the ecological impacts and economic analysis of biomass harvesting on site productivity, soil nutrients and biodiversity.