Have some landscapes in the eastern
Canadian boreal forest moved beyond their
natural range of variability?
Pierre Grondin, Sylvie Gauthier, Véronique Poirier, Patrice Tardif, Yan Boucher, Yves Bergeron.
In the context of ecosystem management, the present study aims to compare the natural and the present-day forested landscapes of a large territory in Quebec (Canada). Using contemporary and long-term fire cycles, each natural forest landscape is defined according to the variability of its structure and composition, and compared to the present-day landscape. This analysis was conducted to address the question of whether human activities have moved these ecosystems outside the range of natural landscape variability.