Establishing Ecologically Sustainable Forest Biomass Supply Chains in the Boreal Forest of Canada

E. Thiffault, D. Paré, P. Bernier, D. Cormier, S. Volpé & C.T. Smith
Forest biomass in the form of harvest residues and dead wood from naturally-disturbed stands, represents by far the largest biomass feedstock currently available for bioenergy production in Canada. The sheer extent and variability of the Canadian boreal forest landbase and the huge potential from naturally-disturbed stands are key features of the Canadian biomass resource that set it apart from other countries. Estimates of availability of forest biomass are dependent on ecological, operational, economic and sociopolitical...