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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 84-94

A Framework for Integrating Transboundary Values, Landscape Connectivity, and 'Protected Areas' Values Within a Forest Management Area in Northern Alberta

1 Daishowa-Marubeni International (DMI), Peace River Pulp Division, Peace River, AB, Canada
2 Department of Biology, Memorial University, St. John's, NL, Canada

Correspondence Address:
Yolanda F Wiersma
Department of Biology, Memorial University, St. John's, NL
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-4923.161226

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Daishowa-Marubeni International (DMI) is an integrated forest products company with operations in northern Alberta, Canada. As part of its sustainable forestry practices, it has embarked on a comprehensive plan to maintain biodiversity and landscape connectivity values within its area of operation. In addition to identification of High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF) as part of an internal forest planning system and to assist forest certification interests, DMI has developed a plan for a Continuous Reserve Network (CRN). This paper describes the rationale behind DMI's decision to identify a framework for both HCVF and the CRN. The company believes this CRN is a novel approach to ensuring visibility of connected landscape processes. DMI has introduced the concept to government, local sawmill stakeholders, and its public advisory committee, with a goal towards implementing the CRN within the area of its forest tenure as part of its forest management plan. The CRN represents nearly 44% of DMI's tenure area, and thus makes a significant contribution to landscape connectivity and forest biodiversity. The case study represents an example where values and goals of legislated protected areas are also captured by management prescriptions within non-harvestable areas and timber-producing forests associated with an ecosystem-based approach to sustainable forest management.

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