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Input on the review of Ontario’s Forest Management Guide for Boreal Landscapes - April 2024

Palmer, L., Harris, L., Hohnen, R., O'Connor, C., Ray, J. & Scrafford, M.


Remarks to Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry regarding the review of Ontario’s Boreal Landscape Guide

Abstract

We provide these comments in our capacities as Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Canada scientists, leading research and policy development related to forest species and ecosystems to inform conservation policies and land use decisions. Our expertise relevant to biodiversity conservation is related to forest and land use planning, impact assessment, and conservation and scientific research focused on several species at risk, forest and peatlands ecosystems, cumulative impacts, and climate change. We are affiliated with global WCS programs in more than 60 countries and active at the science policy interface in Canada and internationally. We have published papers in the peer reviewed literature directly relevant to this subject. Our comments focus on both the process for reviewing the guide as well as key issues and recommendations we have identified for the guide’s enhancement.

Key points

The BLG should:

Recommended citation

Palmer, L., Harris, L., Hohnen, R., O'Connor, C., Ray, J. & Scrafford, M. (2024). Input on the review of Ontario’s Forest Management Guide for Boreal Landscapes - April 2024. WCS Canada. https://wcscanada.org/resources/input-on-the-review-of-ontarios-forest-management-guide-for-boreal-landscapes-april-2024/

Lynn Palmer

Lynn Palmer

Forests and Regional Policy Specialist

Justina Ray

Justina Ray

President & Senior Scientist

Lorna Harris

Lorna Harris

Director of Forests, Peatlands and Climate Change Program

Constance O'Connor

Constance O'Connor

Director, Ontario Northern Boreal Program

Matthew Scrafford

Matthew Scrafford

Wolverine Conservation Scientist

Boreal

Boreal

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