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Atlantic Forest Research Collaborative

About the Atlantic Forest Research Collaborative

Who we are

The Atlantic Forest Research Collaborative (AFRC) helps Canadian forest managers and stewards find knowledge-based solutions to today’s forest management challenges. We match those who own, manage, and govern our forests with scientific organizations,  researchers, and Knowledge Holders with the expertise to provide objective and scientifically-sound advice and information.

We are a not-for-profit, science-based, consensus-driven organization with members from the academic, Indigenous, government, industry, small business, and conservationist communities.

The AFRC is located at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick, on the traditional territory of the Wolastoqey Nation and the Wabanaki Confederacy.

Meet our members, advisory board, staff and affiliated organizations.

Our mission and values

Our vision

Forests that are resilient, sustained and highly valued.

Our mission

We strive to enhance collaborative forest research, public awareness, and professional capacity in order to advance forest management.

Our core values

•    We value forest stewardship
•    We strive for excellence in thinking, planning and doing
•    We are outcome driven
•    We value, respect and use Indigenous Knowledge
•    We share knowledge in an open and respectful manner
•    We value both collaboration and independence

What we do

The AFRC promotes and facilitates collaborative research, public awareness and professional development in the forestry sector in Atlantic Canada.

We bridge the gap between frontline forest managers, owners, and and the scientific community, creating opportunities for impactful collaboration and improved forest practices.

AFRC What we do

A collaborative approach to research

Individual researchers collaborate at the project level, but there is often less coordination between research organizations, and between researchers and forest managers/stewards that practice forestry. There is also considerable Traditional Knowledge gathered over generations that is held by First Nations’ Elders that is not often utilized.

The AFRC aims to more fully realize the Region’s collaborative research potential by creating synergies between those with research questions, and those with the capacity to answer them.

Under the AFRC model, forest owners and managers articulate priority research questions that apply to more than one member.

Work groups comprising a multidisciplinary mix of researcher and forest practitioners are then struck to collaboratively develop applied research proposals for external funding. The work groups have terms of reference and are led by a member representative.

Our user facilities

AFRC user facilities are provided by its members for the purposes of advancing scientific or technical knowledge. They are “platforms” sponsored by the members that encourage multi-disciplinary research and aim to enhance collaboration amongst users.

Member-sponsored facilities provide sustaining resources that allow users to work safely and efficiently. User fees are not charged for non-proprietary work if the user publishes the work in the open literature. Full cost recovery may be required for proprietary work.

Use of the facilities is determined by merit review of the proposed work.

The Acadia Research Forest

The Acadia Research Forest (ARF) is one of two research forests maintained by Natural Resources Canada – Canadian Forest Service. It is home to many important research studies, encompassing areas from silviculture and tree genetics to fire and remote sensing techniques, all of which inform best practices in forest management. With its combination of history, experimental sites and data, the Acadia Research Forest offers unique opportunities for both long- and short-term research.

One recently initiated project is the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre establishment of gridded permanent sample plots to develop next-generation tools and techniques for enhanced forest inventory.