The purpose of this research is to gain a better understanding of human-facilitated silvicultural, biodiversity and genetic forest management in Ontario sugar bushes through a biogeographical lens to determine the social and ecological resilience to climate change impacts. Because sugar bushes are highly managed and therefore ecologically different than unmanaged sugar maple forests, a literature review combined with primary farm-level research will help to determine best management practices and adaptation decision-making to increase the resilience of these stands. The overarching conclusion is that maple syrup producers in Ontario need to entrench climate change objectives within forest management.
Richardson, K. (2015). Sugar Bush Management in Ontario: Identification of Resilient Adaptation Strategies for a Changing Climate. MRP submitted to the Faculty of Geography, Wilfrid Laurier University.