Researches and Projects

Aménagement écosystémique de la pessière noire à mousse

A project that aims to reconcile the requirements of ecosystem management and visual assessment of forest landscapes while incorporating new dimensions (experiential, cognitive) to forest management.

Social acceptability of ecosystem management strategies for eastern black spruce-moss

Greater use of Quebec’s public forests raises greater concern regarding the social acceptability of forest practices, especially in terms of visual impacts. The Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement, de la Faune et des Parcs recognizes this issue within its objective to protect and enhance the spatial distribution of logging. It aims to "develop and implement spatial distribution patterns for logging, adapted to regional ecology and socially acceptable". The issue is also recognized in its objective to protect and enhance the landscape, which aims to maintain its visual quality. The social acceptability of forest practices appeals to many factors, including the visual aspect of logging. The majority of conflicts between stakeholders generally stems from clear-cutting practices. The public perceives them unfavourably as they associate them to ecosystem degradation from logging’s visual impact.

To meet social demand and exploit forest resources in a sustainable manner acceptable to the various forest users, it is important to understand which visual elements of aggregated cuts affect public opinion favourably and which mitigation measures make them more acceptable. This project aims to develop knowledge on the visual acceptability of logging in coniferous forests. This through the following objectives:

  • For the coniferous forest: identify visible elements (landscape indicators) of clear-cutting that influence visual acceptability;
  • Identify differences in judgment as per stakeholder reference group (e.g. environmentalists, recreationists/eco-tourists, hunting and fishing, forest workers, general public), familiarity with forestry, gender, age and place of residence (city vs. forest region);
  • Determine the influence of provided information on judgment;
  • Measure and compare the visual acceptability of various logging strategies used or usable in coniferous forest (CPRS with dividers vs. aggregated cuts vs. dual-pass checkerboardclear-cutting) paired with positive visual indicators;
  • Formulate recommendations on logging residual elements to ensure social acceptability.