Stewardship of our forests is a delicate
balance. Values of recreation and other "non-consumptive"
uses must be considered in relation to the increasing demand for
forest products. These challenges are further compounded by the
fact that decisions made in the present economic and social climate
will serve as a legacy to future generations. How then do we ensure
that our actions indeed represent an appropriate balance between
competing demands? What is sustainable forestry and how is this
concept reconcilable with the developing standards of certification?
How will a changing climate affect future forest growth and hence
our concept of sustainability? To address these questions, the group
is currently working on development of a number of different forest
ecosystem models and simulation tools with which to make long-term
projections of forest conditions and values that may result from
different ways of managing today's forests.