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Dr. Paul Arp, University of New Brunswick, Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management
Paul Arp is a professor of forest soils at UNB, where he has taught and conducted soils related research since 1976.
has authored approximately 100 peer-reviewed research papers and has overseen the development of various models relevant to forest management, specifically dealing with forest hydrology, biomass, nutrient cycling, and environmental stresses including acid rain and climate change.
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Dr. Paul Arp leads national research team to improve timing and cost effectiveness of logging operations
Fredericton, June 20, 2006 - Principal Investigator Dr. Paul Arp, Professor, Forestry and Environmental Management, University of New Brunswick, will receive $522,000 over three years to lead a national research team that will carry out leading-edge forestry research aimed at saving costs and improving the timing and productivity of logging operations in hydrologically sensitive areas across Canada.
This award is part of a $3.3 million investment over three years made by the Government of Canada through a Network of Centres of Excellence
, the Sustainable Forest Management Network (SFMN), in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and New Brunswick.
The investment coincides with the opening of the SFM Network's
fourth scientific conference, being held at the Shaw Conference Centre
More than 300 participants, representing the forest industry, provincial governments, First Nations
, and non-government organizations, as well as forest practitioners and researchers from Canada and abroad, will discuss the latest developments in integrated land management, evolution of sustainable forest-dependent communities, water-management strategies, public participation in planning processes, natural disturbance management and emulation, climate change adaptation, and tenure reform.
Dr. Paul Arp's
work will be done at selected research sites in Alberta and Ontario.
"Knowing how ground conditions vary across landscapes, seasons and years has been rather elusive to date," says Arp
proposal went through an extensive scientific peer-review process.
project received significant support from the Governments of Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Ontario as well as forward-thinking forest industries including Abitibi-Consolidated Inc.
, Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc.
, Bowater Inc.
, Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd.
Irving Limited, Tembec Inc. as well as Ducks Unlimited Canada
, Kamploops Indian Band, Little Red River Cree First Nation and Moose Cree First Nation.
will be supported by Dr. Jim Buttle, Trent University; Dr. Irena Creed, University of Western Ontario; Dr. Kevin DeVito, University of Alberta; Dr. Markus Weiler and Dr. Ronald Tropser at the University of British Columbia; Dr. Paul Sibley, University of Guelph
Dr. Paul Arp, Professor
For University of New ...
For University of New Brunswick researcher Paul Arp, it's about finding a better way to do things.
With the help of $522,000 in federal funding, he'll lead a national research team to improve the timing and cost effectiveness of logging operations."Canada's forest industry is faced by a continuing challenge to do better, in view of many detracting factors," says Arp, a professor of forestry and environmental management at UNB.
Those challenges, he
adds, include fires, diseases, trade disputes, the rising Canadian dollar, energy costs, increased rules and regulations, including the need for certification, conflicting land-use expectations, conservation practices and ensuring sustainability.
Arp's project is developing ways to better identify hydrologically sensitive (wet) areas so they can be avoided and built into planning processes.
says, will help both industry and government deal with issues such as lowering logging and transportation costs, increasing the productivity of silvicultural investments, and reducing negative logging impacts on forest soils, streams and lakes.
"Overall, the methods under research will lead to a better valuation of forest resources, better placement of forest and non-forest resources to better withstand hydrological impacts during wet, cold, and dry weather (flooding, droughts, ice), and better interfacing of various land-use activities (forestry, agriculture, residential, oil-and-gas)," says Arp
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Enquêteur principal: Paul Arp
Chercheurs: Paul Arp
, Jim Buttle, Irena Creed, Kevin Devito, Paul Sibley, Ron Trosper, Markus Weiler
Faculty of Forestry Research Highlights
â€œSoils maps at present are rather imprecise,â€ said Moore, who is working with SFM Network Principal Investigator Dr. Paul Arp at UNB.â€œThere is variability in tree growth despite what the soils maps tell us about growing conditions, which means some sites are either dryer or wetter than the maps show.â€Mooreâ€™s new maps help forest managers avoid situations where the forest is too wet to harvest or build roads, and where harvesting equipment could harm the ecology of the site.
Dr. Paul Arp
Tel: (506) 453-4931