Adaptive Silviculture in a Changing Climate

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Costs and benefits of adapting to climate-induced changes in drought and wind regimes in New Brunswick’s forests


Climate change is expected to have significant impacts on drought and wind regimes in Atlantic Canada’s forests. This may lead to decline or disappearance of important species causing significant socio-economic costs in the forest sector.  Adapting to these changes can help protect against losses and potentially generate benefits through new/enhanced wood products and services.  Realization of these opportunities, however, requires the willingness of the forest sector and communities to integrate such adaptation into their planning.


  1. Assess the socio-economic costs from climate-induced changes to drought and wind regimes in N.B.’s forests;
  2. Assess the socio-economic costs and benefits from adapting to such changes; and
  3. Exchange knowledge learned from this research to the forest sector and forest-dependent/First Nations communities.

Project Team Members:

  • Van Lantz, Dean and Professor, Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, University of New Brunswick (UNB)
  • Gaetan Pelletier, Executive Director, Northern Hardwood Research Institute Inc.
  • Chris Hennigar, FORUS Research, Fredericton, NB
  • Charles Bourque, Professor, Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, UNB
  • Tom Beckley, Professor, Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, UNB
  • Louise Comeau, Honorary Research Associate, Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, UNB



  • Natural Resources Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Program


To learn more on this topic:


To view or participate in Workshops/Conferences/Training Sessions:

  • Atlantic Teacher’s tour introducing schoolteachers to adaptation to climate change in our forests in August 2022
  • Workshop on adaptive silviculture, delivered to woodlot owners on January 29th 2020.
  • Full course on adaptive silviculture in the context of a climate change, offered as an elective course (FORS3033), part of the Université de Moncton’s bachelor’s degree in forest management
  • Multimedia training course available to UNB, UMoncton and UMaine at Fort Kent
  • Webinar, presented in February of 2021 to forest practitioners: Cisco Webex Meetings – Replay Recorded Meeting 
  • UNB and NHRI will be co-hosting a large international conference in August 2022 and adaptive silviculture will be a significant component of the program. More than 300 participants are expected in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The announcement can be found in the last pages of the NHRI spring 2021 newsletter: TheLeaflet-Spring-2021.pdf (