Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest

eDNA & Genomics Research in Northwest BC

Environmental DNA (eDNA) monitoring and assessment tools are being developed across Canada, and researchers at the University of Victoria (UVic) are leading the way in many respects, including efforts to make them useful in a broad range of contexts, collaborating with others in standardizing them, as well as demonstrating their value to a wide range of potential users.

Among these potential users are First Nations governments, Provincial and Federal governments responsible for stewardship and protection of Crown land and natural resources, as well as existing and potential industries utilizing natural resources.

The BVRC supports research that advances scientific understanding of sustainable resource management and pushes the boundaries of natural resources research and management applications. The Centre is pleased to promote collaborations that utilize new eDNA techniques to enhance the stewardship of our natural resources in Northwest BC.

You can read and learn more here: eDNA Operational Applications, eDNA & Animal Health Brief by Dr. Caren Helbing 

Featured Research

Whitebark Pine Restoration

Led by Sybille Haeussler, PhD, UNBC, Smithers

The BVRC, led by Sybille Haussler, PhD and BVRC member, has been restoring endangered whitebark pine ecosystems in the mountains of northern BC since 2011. 2018 is anticipated to be the largest cone crop since 2007.

Because the pines are dying from the white pine blister rust, good cone crops occur intermittently and it is essential to undertake as large a collection as possible. The goal for 2018 is to collect 1 million seeds.

Seminar Series: The History of a Mixed Economy: Witsuwit’en Relations to Natural Resource Industries, 1870-1970

This talk will use the concept of the mixed economy to explore the history of Witsuwit'en relationships to natural resource industries. Witsuwit'en and other Indigenous peoples participated in a mixed economy, combining wage labour in early natural resource industries with the maintenance of territorial connections and kinship obligations. This mix continues today. However, the mixed economy was eroded by the modernization of natural resource industries in the 1960s, when the forest industry concentrated into large sawmills. This increased dependence on welfare. This emphasizes the need to evaluate natural resource developments in terms of their impacts on the mixed economy.

Please note: Tyler will be presenting remotely from Florida. 

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