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Great Lakes Forestry Centre

The Great Lakes Forestry Centre (GLFC) is one of five CFS centres located across Canada. Its people fill key Government of Canada roles in research and development, program development and delivery, and policy-making at national and international levels.

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The Canadian Forest Service (CFS) is a science-based policy organization within Natural Resources Canada. Its legislative mandate is to promote the responsible and sustainable development of Canada’s forests. The Great Lakes Forestry Centre (GLFC), located in Sault Ste. Marie, is the largest of five CFS research facilities across Canada where researchers play a critical role in supporting this mandate. Through collaboration with many partners, a wide variety of research initiatives are carried out. Fire researchers at GLFC have been instrumental in the development of the Forest Fire Weather Index and the use of satellite imagery in monitoring wildfire activity across Canada, which provides important information for managing forest fires. Entomologists have developed tools and techniques for predicting, monitoring and controlling invasive and native forest pests. Scientists have contributed to an understanding of climate change effects on Canadian forests and their related ecosystems. Researchers also study the effects of forest management activities on forest ecosystems. The CFS supports research into the development of Canada’s bioeconomy, using Canada’s forest resources as a renewable alternative to fossil fuels. The federal Aboriginal Forestry Initiative program allows First Nations people across Ontario to become more active players in the local forest economy.The Insect Production and Quarantine Laboratories (IPQL) and the Invasive Species Centre (ISC) are located at the same facility. The state-of-the-art IPQL is the only one of its kind in Canada dedicated to rearing native and alien forest insects.The GLFC is also home to Fisheries and Oceans Canada, including the Sea Lamprey Control Centre (SLCC), the Great Lakes Laboratory for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (GLLFAS), and the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG). SLCC staff assess and control invasive sea lampreys in Canadian waters of the Great Lakes and U.S. waters of Lake Ontario as part of a bi-national program administered by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. The program has been highly successful in minimizing sea lamprey populations in the Great Lakes and the damage they inflict on fish species that support commercial, recreational, and Aboriginal fisheries. GLLFAS provides research in support of federal government responsibilities under the Fisheries Act and Species at Risk Act, along with other regulations and intergovernmental agreements. Research areas include Species at Risk, Aquatic Invasive Species, and the impacts of development on fish habitat and fish populations.The CCG maintains a small electronics and informatics workshop at the GLFC as it is ideally located allowing for CCG technologists to respond to electronics equipment issues affecting both CCG vessels and the CCG marine communications network within that area of responsibility.The GLFC also has a well-established arboretum that has a wide variety of native and exotic trees and is open to the general public. For more information please go to the PDF document “GLFC Arboretum”. The GLFC arboretum is located on the east side of the GLFC at 1219 Queen Street East in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario; parking is available at Bellevue Park or at the GLFC.

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1219 Queen St. East
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario   P6A 2E5

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