In British Columbia, the number of plans and processes for managing the land base has increased substantially within the last 10 years.  Most of these plans and processes contain objectives, strategies, criteria and indicators, all of which require monitoring. However, while the need for monitoring has been growing rapidly, it can be argued that the amount of monitoring has not been keeping pace. The Bulkley Valley Research Centre responded to this situation by hosting a conference in March of 2007: Innovative Monitoring and its Influence on Resource Decision Making.  In addition to the need for more monitoring projects, the conference highlighted many aspects of monitoring including the range of objectives of different monitoring projects, the range of organizations involved with monitoring, and the range of temporal and spatial scales that monitoring may address. Challenges of monitoring were raised and examples of successful monitoring projects were also presented. 

One of the success stories involves three voluntary groups concerned about land use in the Babine River area, the Babine Watershed Monitoring Trust, the Bulkley Valley Community Resources Board, and the Bulkley Valley Research Centre. Many individuals within these and other organizations have been working on land use issues for several decades and have formed relationships based on trust and common concern, spending time and voluntary effort to make monitoring happen. These types of relationships are indicative of considerable “social capital” within the Bulkley Valley.

This conference was made possible through funding from: Integrated Land Management Bureau, Babine River Foundation, Moore Foundation, Ministry of Forests and Range, Aspen Motor Inn, Smithers Chamber of Commerce, Creekstone Press Ltd., and SpeeDee. The Bulkley Valley Research Centre would also like to thank Chief Woos and the Wet’suwet’en for hosting this event on their territories and for the traditional welcome.

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DAY 1 - Traditional Welcome, Conference Introduction & Overview


Roy Morris

Chief Woos, Cas'Yex, Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chief

Andrew George Jr.

Chief Skit'den, Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Wing Chief

Greg George

Skiy'zeh, Cas'Yex Hereditary Member

Traditional Welcome

Kevin Kriese

Project Director, Strategic Initiatives Division, ILMB

Conference Introduction

Jim Pojar

Executive Director, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Yukon Chapter

Synecology and social networks:  The watershed way through the end times


Questions & Answers


DAY 1 - Provincial-level Initiatives


Dr. Bruce Fraser

Chair, Forest Practices Board

The influence of Forest Practices Board audits on industry and government performance

Ian Miller

Manager, Forest Practices Branch, Ministry of Forests & Range

Evaluating and monitoring the stewardship of BC's forest and range resources

Benjamin Weinstein

Air Quality Meteorologist, Ministry of Environment

Armel Castellan

Air Resources Technician, Ministry of Environment

Limiting air pollution impacts through innovation:

Skeena region's custom venting index forecasting service

Questions & Answers


DAY 1 - Incorporating Society's Values


Dr. Keith McClain

Director, Science Policy and Strategy, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development

Making social indicators work for us

S. Denise Allen

Sustainable Forest Management Lab, Faculty of Forestry, UBC

Soft science for a wicked problem:

Capturing concepts of sustainable forest management and territorial stewardship in the Bulkley Valley

Questions & Answers


DAY 1 - The Bulkley Valley Model


Liz Osborn

Current Results Nexus


Adrian deGroot

Consulting Ecologist and Chair, Bulkley Valley Community Resources Board

Genesis of the Bulkley Valley Community Resources Board and its role in resource management

Dr. Sybille Haeussler

President, Bulkley Valley Research Centre

The role of a local research centre in the monitoring cycle

Richard Overstall

Babine Watershed Monitoring Trust

Using trusts to ensure monitoring impartiality:  The Babine example

Dr. Karen Price


Making monitoring manageable:  A framework for learning based on risk and uncertainty

Questions & Answers


DAY 1 - Conclusions


Dr. Bruce Fraser

Chair, Forest Practices Board

Conclusions Day 1


Keynote Speaker


Larry Pedersen

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Lands

Measure what counts


DAY 2 - Monitoring and Land Use Planning


James Cuell

Strategic Planning Biologist, ILMB

Making monitoring meaningful:

Monitoring land and resource management plans in the Skeena sub-region

Dwight Scott Wolfe

Operations Manager, Tesera Systems Inc.

Indicator monitoring for the Morice and Lakes Innovative Forest Practices Agreement

Questions & Answers


DAY 2 - Logistics of Monitoring


Wendy Bergerud

Senior Biometrician, Research Branch, Ministry of Forests and Range

Using science and statistics to get meaningful results

Dr. Dave Wilford

Research Officer/Hydrologist, Ministry of Forests and Range

Successful monitoring: Key practical and technical considerations

Questions & Answers


DAY 2 - Monitoring Migratory Species


Mark Saunders

Wild Salmon Policy Coordinator, Department of Fisheries and Oceans

DFO's Wild Salmon Policy:  The challenge of moving from monitoring to management action


Dr. Allen Gottesfeld

Skeena Fisheries Commission

The Skeena Fisheries Commission:  Aboriginal salmon monitoring from headwaters to ocean

Questions & Answers


DAY 2 - Approaches to Water Quality Monitoring


Ian Sharpe

Section Head - Environmental Quality, Environmental Protection Division, MoE

Skeena aquatic macroinvertebrate sustainability indicator

Pierre Beaudry

Forest Hydrologist, P. Beaudry and Associates Ltd.

Evaluating erosion potential as an indicator of water quality

David Maloney

Technical Advisor, Watershed Science, Forest Practices Branch, Ministry of Forests and Range

Brian Carson

Carson Land Resources Management Ltd.

Water quality effectiveness evaluation:

A methodology to determine forestry and range effects on water quality

Questions & Answers


DAY 2 - Mining - How Does Monitoring Change Decisions?


Dave Bustard

Dave Bustard and Associates Ltd.

Kemess char monitoring program:  Some lessons learned

Dr. Bill Price

Mine Effluent Section, Natural Resources Canada

Use of monitoring at mine sites

Questions & Answers


DAY 2 - Summary - A Look at the Future


Henry Benskin

Deputy Chief Forester

The Future Forest Ecosystems Initiative

Questions & Answers




Sybille Haeussler

President, Bulkley

Local level vegetation indicators for boreal mixedwood forests

Andrew Pantel

MPB Range Agrologist, Ministry of Forests and Range, Range Branch

Rangeland health assessments and remedial measures

Eric Parkinson, Lars Reese-Hansen & Craig Mount

Ministry of Environment

The Watershed Evaluation Tool (WET)

Xiaoping Yuan

Forest Analysis and Inventory Branch, Ministry of Forests and Range

Determination of year of mountain pine beetle attack from change detection using

Multitemporal Landsat TM Imagery










The Bullkley Valley Research Centre would like to thank the following agencies and businesses who generously sponsored and donated to the conference.






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