The Boreal Forest: 7. A Model Project

While filming in the boreal forest, we connected with a project started in 1992, when a national park, a logging company, aboriginal communities, environmentalists and scientists got together north of the town of Prince Albert in Saskatchewan to create a Model Forest. Their combined efforts in studying the effects of extreme climates on forestry and regeneration outside of the park with the natural life cycle inside the park, helped to identify, explore and negotiate the trade-offs involved in responsibly managing their natural resources. The ten Canadian Model Forests originally selected have since played an important role in promoting a vision and providing support for the development of collaborative approaches to sustainable forest management. They have led to the formation of the International Model Forest Network with over 60 sites in 30 countries engaged in similar projects. For more information check out episode #21 in the Railway Journeys across Canada category.

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