Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest

Managing Forests for Resilience

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

The Old Church - Smithers, BC

About this presentation

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.

About Philip J. Burton, Ph.D., R.P.Bio.

Phil Burton is a professor of Ecosystem Science and Management at UNBC's Terrace campus, and prior to that was a Canadian Forest Service manager based in Prince George; he continues to be a partner in Smithers-based Symbios Research & Restoration. Born in Saskatchewan, and with all of his graduate education from different universities in the USA, Phil has been living in B.C. since 1989. He is the author of more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, was lead editor on the 2003 book: Towards Sustainable Management of the Boreal Forest, and was co-author of the 2008 book: Salvage Logging and its Ecological Consequences.

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