Project Code: WELD-01-056
Sponsor:Weldwood of Canada Ltd.

The Foothills Model Forest (FMF) formed the Natural Disturbance Program in 1996. The collaborative program between industry and government was developed to understand and describe how natural forces such as fire, insects, disease, flooding, wind, and plant-eating animals have created historical patterns of disturbance on the FMF land base. It is an extensive effort that includes numerous studies, some of which extend well beyond the FMF borders.

Between 1998 and 2000 multiple studies were initiated, technical transfer increased and additional member companies and agencies joined the program.The following activities and reports were completed:This project is ongoing. Updated progress of the Natural Disturbance Program is available on the FMF website at