Teaching and Research Forest at Duparquet Lake (FERLD)

Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Rapide-Danseur, Québec
What the facility does

Enables the acquisition of knowledge in boreal forest science and related fields (forest and animal ecology, dendroecology, paleoecology, silviculture, forest management, satellite imagery analysis, lidar and others)

Areas of expertise

The Teaching and Research Forest at Duparquet Lake is managed by Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Université du Québec à Montréal and located in the Canadian Shield’s boreal mixedwood forest (approximately 48°30ʹ N, 79°22ʹ W). About 75% of the 8,045 hectare land base is devoted to developing, applying and demonstrating boreal mixedwood ecosystem management, while 25% (conservation area) contains forests that have originated from a dozen different fires dating from 1760 to 1944 and serves as a natural benchmark for ecological monitoring. The Forest Research Station’s laboratories and infrastructure enable the acquisition of knowledge in boreal forest science and related fields (forest and animal ecology, dendroecology, paleoecology, silviculture, forest management, satellite imagery analysis, lidar and others).

Apart from its proximity to natural and managed forests, the Forest is the setting for many silvicultural experiments and environmental follow-ups. The research station comprises specialized laboratories that provide students and researchers with the expertise and equipment necessary to conduct dendrochronological, dendroecological and paleoecological research. Other field laboratories include basic laboratory space and equipment to support research in its natural surroundings. The station can accommodate 37 people.

Research services
  • Help identify active or targeted research sites;
  • In-forest communication/safety system;
  • Provide documentary and cartographical information about the territory;
  • 300+ year forest chronosequence;
  • Provide access to laboratories and certain equipment;
  • Training in dendroecology and forest ecology;
  • Possibility of providing technical personnel for fieldwork;
  • Food service between May and September;
  • Field equipment storage and maintenance
Sectors of application
  • Forestry and forest-based industries
Specialized labEquipmentFunction
Research stationLodging for 37 people (food service between May and September); large classroom with projector; videoconference roomAccommodation, research and teaching
 High-speed Internet, several work stationsComputer work
 Dock, 12-foot and 16-foot boats (with 25 hp motor), 15-foot canoeAccess to bodies of water
 2 all-terrain vehicles (quads), Skandic snowmobile, 8ʹ x 10ʹ double-axle platform trailer, chainsawsOff-road vehicles 
 Developed interpretive trailsNearby recreational opportunity 
Dendroecology labComplete sanding room; image analysis system with microscope, digital camera, high-resolution scanner and many specialized software programs (WinCELL, WinDENDRO, WinFOLIA, WinRHIZO, WinSEEDLE, WinSTEM and FHX fire history analysis software); three Velmex systems; rotary microtome for preparation of anatomical sections of wood samplesDendroecological research
Paleoecology labSediment core drilling station, several work stationsPaleoecological research
Hébécourt labVentilated oven, refrigerator, work surfaces for sample processingPrimary processing of field samples
Duparquet labVentilated oven, chemical fume hood, water treatment system, sieves, cylinders, hypsometers, agitator, scales, controlled temperature chamber, refrigerator and freezersPrimary processing of field samples, granulometry


  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
  • Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies
  • GreenFirst Forest Products
  • West Fraser
  • Concordia University
  • Université de Montréal
  • McGill University
  • Université Laval
  • Université de Sherbrooke
  • Université du Québec à Rimouski
  • Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
  • Université du Québec en Outaouais
  • University of New Brunswick
  • Western University
  • University of Alberta
  • Université Montpellier 2
  • Mendel University in Brno
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Umeå/ Sweden)
  • Norwegian Institute for Nature Research
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Quebec’s Ministère des Forêt/ de la Faune et des Parcs
  • Ouranos