Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest

10-Year Anniversary Celebration

Monday February 25, 2013  8:45pm-10:00pm

Aspen Riverhouse Restaurant & Lounge - Smithers

The Bulkley Valley Research Centre hosts its 10th annual general meeting and celebrates a decade of facilitating independent, scientific research in the region on Feb. 25 at the Aspen Riverhouse in Smithers.

The event includes a dinner, short meeting, awards ceremony and anniversary celebration with slide show, centre history and other research-related fun. Research program manager Rick Budhwa said the milestone is a cause for celebration.

“This is quite a success story for a small research organization that has had no core funding,” he said. “We’ve developed a robust research program and important community relationships over the years, and we look forward to playing the roll of research hub and sustainability connector in the northwest well into the future.

“It really feels like what we do matters.”

The Bulkley Valley Research Centre was established in September 2002. Its first project was a strategic research framework for landscape ecology in the region, which identified priority research topics. In 2003 and 2004, the centre conducted research around the Babine River watershed, which informed the design of the Babine Watershed Monitoring Trust in 2005. It has conducted research in the fields of forestry, ecology, wildlife, culture and climate change.

In total, the research centre has facilitated more than 150 research projects over the past decade, including numerous courses and workshops. In November, the centre hosted its sixth conference, Adding It All Up, which took a timely look at the cumulative effects of resource development on the region.

“The key to the centre’s success over the past 10 years has been the dedicated work of volunteers, a core group of talented, diverse and adaptive staff who stuck with us through some lean years, and tremendous support from the community,” BVRC president and founding board member Sybille Haeussler said. “It has been very exciting to have been a part of its growth, transformation and success. We want to see the Bulkley Valley flourish as a hub for science and sustainability.”

If you are interested in attending the AGM please view the Dinner Menu and reserve your dinner by February 20, 2013.