VANCOUVER, Nov. 22, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Wetlands in the boreal forest
are highly connected systems, often transporting water and associated
nutrients long distances.Resource developments, such as roads, that
block the natural flow of water in wetlands are of particular concern.
As part of a recently signed Memorandum of Understanding between
FPInnovations and Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC), the partners will work together to find
new ways to minimize the impact of resource development on waterfowl
habitat in the working boreal forest. With FPInnovations' engineering
excellence in resource roads and DUC's knowledge of wetlands and
waterfowl, this collaboration will contribute significantly to
developing and promoting industrial practices that maintain the health
of boreal wetlands, while supporting and promoting sustainable
"FPInnovations and Ducks Unlimited Canada are committed to working
together to support and promote best practices in areas such as road
construction in wetlands," said Peter Lister, Vice President, forest
operations and wood products at FPInnovations. "This partnership is
perfectly aligned with FPInnovations' role as the innovation hub for
the forest sector in Canada, its technical expertise in the planning,
construction and maintenance of resource roads and the Forest Products
Association of Canada's Agenda 2020 goal of a further 35 per cent
reduction in the industry's environmental footprint."
The main objective of the partnership is to develop beneficial
management practices for wetland road crossings to maintain natural
flow when wetlands cannot be avoided.
"Wetlands in the western boreal forest are significant features across
this vast region which is undergoing considerable industrial activity,"
said Greg Siekaniec, CEO of Ducks Unlimited Canada. "This partnership
capitalizes on the expertise of FPInnovations and Ducks Unlimited
Canada to develop much needed wetland crossing best management
practices, which are highly sought after by government and industry."
Although the boreal forest remains largely intact, its wildlife and
abundant natural resources are at increased risk of damage due to
landscape changes associated with resource development and climate
change. We all contribute to these effects and are ultimately
responsible for the care of our natural areas, so we must work together
to reduce our environmental footprint. The partnership between DUC and
FPInnovations aims to do just that.
FPInnovations is a not-for-profit world leader that specializes in the
creation of scientific solutions in support of the Canadian forest
sector's global competitiveness and responds to the priority needs of
its industry members and government partners. It is ideally positioned
to perform research, innovate, and deliver state-of-the-art solutions
for every area of the sector's value chain, from forest operations to
consumer and industrial products. FPInnovations employs over 500 people
at its research laboratories in Québec City, Montréal, Thunder Bay,
Edmonton and Vancouver, and at technology transfer offices across the
country. For more information about FPInnovations, please visit www.fpinnovations.ca.
Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A
registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit
organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to
waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. Learn more at ducks.ca.
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Ducks Unlimited Canada
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