Lake Duparquet Research and Teaching Forest
The Lake Duparquet Research and Teaching Forest, or FERLD, is an 8,045-hectare (20,000-acre) forest located in the Boreal Shield Ecozone. FERLD was officially created by the government of Quebec in 1996. The research in forest ecology began here in the late 1970s. Since the mid-1980s, the research program has been led by the University of Quebec in Montreal, UQAM, and University of Quebec in Abitibi-Temiscamingue, UQAT.
The forest is managed by UQAM, UQAT, and two forest companies, Tembec Forest Products Group and Norbord Industries. More than 75% of the area is devoted to developing, applying, and demonstrating ecosystem management in the boreal mixed wood.
As to the rest, the land serves as a natural benchmark for monitoring the situation and comparing the ecosystem composition, structure, and processes of managed and natural forests.