Tree Species Climate Adaptation in the SBSmc2 and IDFdk3

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Via Zoom

About this seminar

Over the next rotation, climate change will impact the abundance and distribution of tree species in British Columbia. The future benefits society obtains from forests will depend, in part, on successful adaptation to these changes. In response to this, Government has introduced new, climate-based policies for tree establishment and a suite of research projects aimed at better understanding potential outcomes. In this presentation Larry will share some insights from 4 years of research on climate adaptation through the assisted migration of tree species commonly used for reforestation in the interior of B.C. The presentation will include a brief review of the objectives and implementation of 3 trials (located in the SBSmc2 and IDFdk3), and preliminary findings respecting weather events as they relate to seedling survival. For those who are visual learners, there will also be some exciting footage of smoke-free prescribed burning (just kidding about the smoke-free part) but the video of prescribed burning will make for an interesting interlude.

About the presenter

Larry McCulloch has been a Registered Professional Forester since 1981. He started his career in British Columbia’s forest industry in 1979 and is well grounded in forest operations and research and has a comprehensive understanding of the forest regulatory and policy framework. Larry has worked in every biogeoclimatic zone in the province and has extensive background in inventory, stand establishment, growth and yield, forest ecology, landscape level ecosystem-based planning, wildfire planning, ecosystem restoration, carbon accounting, First Nation engagement, and a broad range of technical skills such as GIS analysis, drone image and video acquisition and processing, establishing, measuring, and analyzing a broad array of research projects, statistical analysis, report writing, and facilitation.