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Project to develop tree fibre mapping techniques


St John’s, NL – A $2.5 million project at Memorial University of Newfoundland that is developing new inventory tools to model and map forest properties in Newfoundland and Labrador has received $736,000 in funding from Newfoundland and Labrador’s provincial government support.

Using light detection and ranging technologies and advanced computer models, researchers will be able to measure the structure of tree stands and the quality of tree fibre. This will allow researchers to map and model fibre properties based on specific attributes including height, volume, species and biomass. The information gathered will create the basis of more efficient forest management strategies to maximize the value of the resource.

In addition to the direct benefits to the forestry sector, this project will enhance the research capabilities and capacity at the university.

“The successful collaboration between public and private institutions to develop these forestry management tools demonstrates how important innovation is for the long-term growth of the forestry industry,” said Glenn Janes, CEO of the Research & Development Corporation. “Building research and development capacity in the natural resources sector remains a key priority for RDC, as it is for the Newfoundland and Labrador economy.”

Other partners in the project include the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Natural Resources Canada-Canadian Forest Service, the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre, the University of Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia Community College, Corner Brook Pulp and Paper and FPInnovations.