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About

Montmorency Forest is Laval University in the middle of Nature, about a hundred kilometers from the main campus! It is a unique research and teaching laboratory in the boreal biome, accessible to Laval University’s students, professors and researchers. As well as being open to all other teaching and research institutions around the world, part of its mission is to welcome the public for certain activities.

Since 1964, The Montmorency Forest has been subject to forest management which aims meet society's needs for sustainable materials by producing lumber for present and future generations, while maintaining the forest’s other resources and conserving biodiversity. Covering an area of ​​397 km2, it is the largest teaching and research forest in the world. It represents more than 50 years of research and experiments for the improvement of Forest Sciences.

In addition to the forest territory, researchers, students, professors and teachers can also have access to laboratory and work spaces.

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Mission

The Montmorency Forest is a teaching and research forest within the meaning of Quebec’s Sustainable Forest Development Act (LATF, LRQ chapter A-18.1), which makes it possible to promote practical teaching and applied research in forestry and sustainable forest management. With over 50 years’ extensive experience, making it the oldest teaching and research forest in Quebec, the Montmorency Forest is in particular the preferred training location for future forest engineers from Laval University.

History

In 1964, Laval University was provided with a forest where professors could give practical lessons in silviculture, forest management, protection and logging, as well as carry out research. A lease was concluded between Laval University and the Quebec government of authorizing the University to conduct, on a territory totaling 66 km2, teaching and research activities, particularly in the forest and geodetic sciences, biology, fish and game. The territory in question holds the status of teaching and research forest within the meaning of the Act respecting the sustainable development of forest land (L.R.Q., chapter A-18.1), and is called the Montmorency Forest.

The Montmorency Forest’s first management plan was drawn up in 1966 and revised in 1976, 1988 and 2014. Replacing the general plan that was based on the old forest management system, the 2014 revision took the form of a tactical integrated forest management plan, developed according to the Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks’ requirements, then improved to include certain specific features of a teaching and research forest’s protocols.

The Chief Forester determines the territory’s forestry potential, such as the maximum volume of annual harvests, without reducing the forest environment’s production capacity. The exercise is carried out in collaboration with the Montmorency Forest’s scientific and planning committee which actively participates in the development of planning and zoning strategies for the territory.

In July 2012, the Ministry of Natural Resources, now named the Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, announced the completion of the Montmorency Forest’s expansion project, officially enlarging it from 66 km2 to 397 km2 in 2014. A new tactical integrated forest management plan is being developed for the territory’s total area.