Activities and events

Upcoming IUFRO meetings

Session 12: Ecology and silviculture of spruce in the boreal forest; at 2021 IBFRA Conference: Changing Boreal Biome – Identifying emerging trajectories and assessing vulnerability and resilience of boreal ecosystems and their socio-economical implications. online; 16-20 August 2021. Conference homepage - Session announcement    

Chair: Karin Hjelm1, Brad Pinno2, Nelson Thiffault3
1 Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, 2 University of Alberta, Canada, 3Canadian Forest Service, Canada
Format: Presentations followed by a panel discussion
Spruce forests (dominated by members of the genus Picea) are a common and defining feature of the circumboreal forest. These forests are important ecologically, supporting a broad range of ecosystem services, and economically as the basis of many timber industries. The management intensity of these forests varies greatly, from little human intervention in remote natural forests, to heavily managed plantation forests in more accessible and productive areas. However, spruce forests across the boreal region are becoming increasingly vulnerable to changes in fire regimes, drought and pest outbreaks along with human activities. In some regions range contractions are predicted without changes in management. The specific issues and challenges associated with managing spruce forests vary greatly across their range. For this session, we invite presentations on the linkages between spruce ecology and management. We will close the session with a facilitated discussion of common themes and issues, such as research gaps and future challenges in management, with a goal of developing a common framework for knowledge exchange and collaborative research.


Documents and references from past meetings


  • Spruce in the context of global change: Ecology, silviculture, forest products, management risks and conservation practices; Halmstad, Sweden; 31 August - 3 September 2009. Units involved: 1.00.00, 1.01.08, 4.00.00, 8.00.00. Conference homepage - First announcementSecond announcement