What log driving can teach us about forests, past and present

By Julie-Pascale Labrecque-Foy & Miguel Girona
The Conversation Canada
May 17, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

The log drive is an integral part of Québec culture. Specifically, log driving refers to the use of waterways to float and transport logs from harvesting sites to sawmills or ports where they are exported. The intensive exploitation of forests in Québec since the time of colonization has resulted in major changes in their structure and dynamics. Few virgin forests remain accessible today, which limits our ability to study pre-industrial forest conditions. Yet this knowledge is essential in order for us to be able to manage forests in a sustainable manner. The logs that sank to the bottom of lakes during the log driving period contain information on the history of Québec’s forests. …Our research project will provide new knowledge about pre-industrial forests and how they have responded to climate change in the past, which will help guide practices for sustainable forest management.

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