Forestry

Increasing the economic value of non-commercial wood species through induced fungal pigmentation systems

Program: Elevate

University: University of Toronto

Discipline: Forestry

Sector: Forestry

Intern: 
Sara Robinson
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Paul Cooper

This research proposes to investigate spalting (natural wood pigmentation by fungi) as a method for creating value-added wood products.  Specifically, this research will focus on the development of creating naturally colored wood for commercial applications, as well as increasing the value of blue stained pine wood inadvertently produced by the mountain pine beetle.  Industry benefits from this research include an increased value to both low and high value lumber produced by the company, and gaining a foothold into the newly developing market for spalted wood – a market in w

Eco-Friendly coatings and formulations for the wood industry

Program: Elevate

University: University of Toronto

Discipline: Forestry

Sector: Forestry

Intern: 
Mallika Das
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Mohini Sain

Ecoatra is applying new developments in nanotechnology to solve the long-standing problem of hazardous substance use in the wood industry- one of our oldest and largest industries. Ecoatra’s formulation uses nanotechnology to enable deeper and more uniform penetration into wood, versatile application,  increased performance and potency at lower material quantities translating to reduced costs, multifunctional properties including water repellence, antimicrobial properties, and protection from UV light

Ontario Forest Resource Inventory Enhancement using ADS40 Aerial Imagery and LiDar data

Program: Elevate

University: University of Toronto

Discipline: Forestry

Partner: KBM Forestry Consultants Inc.

Sector: Forestry

Intern: 
Ben Kuttner
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Jay Malcolm

Ontario is investing $100 Million over 10 years in the process of updating the Provincial Forest Resource Inventory (FRI), which involves the province-wide acquisition of new digital ADS40 aerial imagery to serve as a consistent platform for the photo-interpretation and mapping of forest attributes.

Application of Habitat Suitability Models in Boreal Forest Reclamation

Program: Accelerate

University: University of British Columbia

Discipline: Forestry

Partner: FORRx Consulting Inc.

Sector: Forestry

Intern: 
Juan A. Blanco
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. James P. Kimmins

Mining operations in the Oil Sands area can affect extensive areas of boreal forest. Those forested areas affected by mining are expected to be reclaimed by mining companies to reestablish their natural conditions after the exploitation ends. The long-term success of reclamation plans can be assessed with ecological models that simulate how different environmental factors affect tree growth and development, and how changes in forest structure through time will affect boreal wildlife.

Increased Utilization of Forest Biomass for Energy Production: Greenhouse Gas Benefits and Ecosystem Impacts

Program: Accelerate

University: University of Toronto

Discipline: Forestry

Partner: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

Sector: Forestry

Intern: 
Derek Wolf, Julia Cleary and Katherine Thebeau
Faculty Supervisor: 
Drs. John Caspersen and Nathan Basiliko

In February 2009, the Ontario Government announced the Feed-In Tariff (FIT)Program which will play a premium for electricity that comes from renewable sources - wind, solar and biomass - to help curb fossil fuel emissions. The goal of this internship is to assess using unmerchantable wood - that which is not useful for traditional forest products such as paper and lumber - from Great Lakes - St. Lawrence forests to co-generate heat and electrical power in small gasification plants.

Testing for Evidence of Mixed-Severity Fire Regimes in the Rocky Mountain Foothills of Alberta

Program: Accelerate

University: University of British Columbia

Discipline: Geography, geology and Earth science

Partner: West Fraser Mills Ltd.

Sector: Forestry

Intern: 
Mariano Martin Amoroso
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Lori D. Daniels

The proposed research is a collaboration between the Tree-Ring Lab at the University of British Columbia, Hinton Wood Products and the Foothills Research Institute Natural Disturbance Program to investigate the fire regimes of the mixed-conifer, mountain forests of the Rocky Mountain foothills of west-central Alberta. This pilot study will study the spatial and temporal variation of historical fires and reconstruct their impacts on forest structure and dynamics.

Controls on Sediment Production from Forest Roads in the Honna Watershed

Program: Accelerate

University: Simon Fraser University

Discipline: Geography, geology and Earth science

Partner: Island Timberlands

Sector: Forestry

Intern: 
Elizabeth Baird
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Ilja Tromp-van Meerveld

Forest roads can contribute significant amounts of sediment to nearby streams with subsequent impacts on aquatic ecology and water quality (including drinking water quality). This project will determine the triggers for sediment generation from forest roads in the Honna Watershed through controlled experiments using a large and small scale rainfall simulator and continuous turbidity monitoring.

Habitat Function of Urban Trees: Benchmarks for Green-rating Systems

Program: Accelerate

University: University of Toronto

Discipline: Forestry

Partner: Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Sector: Forestry

Intern: 
Eric Davies
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Sandy Smith

This project targets a major research gap of the recently proposed Sustainable Sites Initiative (SSI), which is a North American green rating system for landscapes; scheduled to be released in 2011. Our research will focus on establishing the characteristics of urban trees that affect their ability to provision habitat to urban biodiversity (insects and birds)- which is a major objective of the SSI.

Electrokinetic Dewatering of Orr Dam Sediment

Program: Accelerate

University: Western University

Discipline: Engineering

Partner: Upper Thames River Conservation Authority

Sector: Forestry

Intern: 
Roman Elazar
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Julie Shang

This project involves a technical evaluation of the use of electrokinetic (EK) technology to dewater sediments that built up behind the Orr Dam in Stratford, to facilitate their removal and the continuation of normal Dam activities. EK dewatering involves the use of an applied electric field to a mass of soil in order to facilitate the removal of water from the soil. When an electric field is applied, the water is moved from the anode (positively charged electrode) to the cathode (negatively charged electrode).

Population Estimation of the Western Conifer Seed Bug by Mark Release Recapture, and Calibration of a Visual Monitoring Technique

Program: Accelerate

University: University of Northern British Columbia

Discipline: Resources and environmental management

Partner: BC Ministry of Forests and Range

Sector: Forestry

Intern: 
Tamara Richardson
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. B. Staffan Lindgren

The western conifer seed bug is an important seed orchard pest in southern interior British Columbia, where it is responsible for significant seed loss, particularly in lodge pole pine and Douglas‐fir. In order to develop an economic damage threshold, i.e., when it would be economically justifiable to apply a pesticide treatment to protect the seed crop, it is critical that a monitoring technique is developed that will allow an accurate assessment of the numbers of seed bugs present, and hence an estimate of the damage this population can inflict.

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