Sustainable Forestry Practices for PEI: Compatible Ideas from Europe

Forestry has been a significant industry on PEI for centuries. The vast majority of woodland on PEI is owned by thousands of private small landowners (unlike vast tracts of Crown land on mainland Canada), making it comparable to European style forestry. To foster greater awareness of sustainable forestry practices, deepen understanding of how climate change could affect forestry management, and encourage more woodlot owners to become engaged with their association, the PEI Woodlot Owners Association (PEIWOA) and the UPEI Climate Research Lab will host a public talk on November 20th at 7:00 p.m. at the University of Prince Edward Island, McDougall Hall Lecture Theatre 242. Dutch expert Gert-Jan Nabuurs will highlight his comparison of European style forestry to the situation in PEI with ideas about using wood chips for our local heating market. This event is free of charge and open to the public.

For more information, visit the PEI Woodlot Owners Association website at and the UPEI Climate Research Lab website at

Dr. Gert-Jan Nabuurs is currently professor European forest resources at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and senior researcher at Wageningen Environmental Research, WUR. His background is in European-scale forest resource analyses, and management under climate change. He is currently Coordinating Lead Author in Good Practice Guidance for IPCC and will lead the Agriculture and Forestry chapter in the IPCC 6AR, starting 2019. Formerly Assistant Director of the European Forest Institute in Finland from 2009-2012, Prof Nabuurs is member of Ministerial Advisory Committee Sustainability of Biomass for Energy Purposes, advising on certification schemes and their applicability to Dutch biomass sustainability criteria.

Although this event is important for woodlot owners and silviculture workers, Prof Nabuurs’ ideas and broad experience will also be of interest to forestry contractors, environment and watershed groups, climate scientists, resource managers, local governments and Chambers of Commerce. All are welcome.

For further information, visit the PEI Woodlot Owners Association website at and the UPEI Climate Research Lab website at .