Managing the Forest

New Way of Managing the Forest

We’re proud of our forest management record at DMI. Our approach has established us as a leader in the industry and that’s an approach we plan to maintain.

DMI is pioneering a new approach to forest management called ecosystem management that focuses on the ecosystem and its natural processes. This management system will manage the forest for more than just timber. Today’s understanding of forest ecosystems is insufficient to truly manage them on a component-by-component basis. Its forests are dynamic: there is still a great deal to be learned about their structure, function, productivity, wildlife habitats and our influences on it.

While research efforts will lead to a greater understanding, a coarse-filter approach offers a low-risk strategy. The coarse filter approach assumes that if forest management is designed to create a future forest similar in structure and composition to the natural forest, then the species that have adapted to conditions in the natural forest will respond favourably. For example, if the natural forest contains a broad range of stand sizes then it undoubtedly contains species that require this broad range. The forest management approach must be to design harvesting practices in order to ensure that the future forest also contains a broad range of stand sizes. It is necessary to understand what is in the forest. And, it is also necessary to understand the processes that created it and how it will change over time.

The vegetation communities seen in the forest today are the result of past disturbance events and the subsequent successional processes. Descriptions of these events and processes will allow the design of harvest practices that have effects similar to those of natural disturbances and it will allow the design of reforestation practices that will create vegetation communities similar to those seen in the natural forest.