Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest

Northern Conference for Wildfire Resilience

The conference was a collaborative, working conference hosted by the Bulkley Valley Research Centre to bring together key local players to promote a collective response to partnerships, practices, policies, and planning paradigms that will increase the resiliency of Northern BC’s forests and communities to wildfires. The NCWR participants came to consensus on the need for a new approach to wildfire management. Additionally, key provincial government officials committed to a landscape-level planning pilot to increase landscape wildfire resiliency.

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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: Managing Forests for Resilience

Sustainable forest management isn't good enough any more. Challenged by insect outbreaks, mega-fires, and lost markets, it is time to emphasize flexibility, persistence and adaptability over optimization. Diversity at many levels is a multi-faceted strategy for maintaining options, but other solutions include protection of biological legacies, risk assessment and management, and respect for the precautionary principle.


Upcoming Seminar

Managing Forests for Resilience

Wednesday November 20, 2019  12:00pm-1:00pm

The Old Church - Smithers, BC

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