Restoration of severely disturbed landscapes is a crucial issue facing Canada’s northern boreal forests. The ultimate goal in such projects is to transform reclaimed land into self-sustaining forest ecosystems that function at a similar level—if not exactly the same—as what was there before. To achieve this, rapid establishment of tree cover and a return to a flourishing understory community are essential.
The peculiar regeneration strategy of aspen (suckering from its root system) and its autumn leaf-fall (annual carbon and nutrient input to the soil) makes aspen a keystone species of boreal reclamation sites. We are recognized as a hub of trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.) research. Learn more about our focal areas.