In an average year, Canada loses 2 million hectares of forest to wildfires. But in August 2023, Canada has already lost 15 million—and counting.
On this episode, we speak with Rick Doman, Corporate Director for the Business Council of Alberta, and a forestry expert with over 45 years of experience in the industry.
Rick helps us define what forest management means, explains the impact of the mountain pine beetle and the spruce bud worm on the health of Canada’s forests, and provides some perspective on how we can best deal with our forests to minimize the impact of the devastating wildfires if we started making changes today.
In this episode:
- Getting to know Rick
- The role of the Mountain Pine Beetle in Canada’s forest mismanagement
- Forest management comparison between Banff and Jasper National Parks
- Global comparisons of forest management
- Defining scientific forest management & rehabilitation
- Public versus private ownership of our forests
- The spruce bud worm
- Playing the devil’s advocate for forest management practices
- How Canada should address its million kilometres of cut lines
About The Brief
In this series, co-hosts Scott Crockatt and Brittany Brander explore the big challenges we face as Albertans; celebrate stories of growth, innovation, and prosperity; and discover bold ideas to make life better for Albertans.