Community Involvement

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Poster at Wetzin'Kwa Gathering Place

Each year, members of our whitebark pine project team participate in community outreach activities in the Smithers area, including talks, field trips and distribution of information via social media and other platforms.  We regularly present public seminars summarizing our research and restoration activities at the Bulkley Valley Research Centre seminar series and have also made presentations to other groups such as the Nature Vancouver Smithers summer camp

Throughout the summer of 2011, the Bulkley Valley Research Centre Whitebark Pine Restoration Project worked closely with the Bulkley Valley Naturalists and Bulkley Valley Backpackers community groups and had 10 members of these two groups participate in cage construction, cone caging, seed collection, seed extraction and recording Clark’s Nutcracker observations. A short article and photo describing the cone collection project appeared in the Backpackers’ summer 2011 newsletter.

Sybille Haeussler was presented with the Volunteer Distinction Award for her work on the Whitebark Pine Restoration Project at the Bulkley Valley Research Centre annual meeting in Smithers in 2012.  Alana Clason won 2nd prize in the 2012 BC Volunteer week photo contest for a photo showing Northwest Community College student volunteer Courtney Berdan and Bulkley Valley Research Centre volunteer Sybille Haeussler planting whitebark pine seedlings in the Gosnell Creek wildfire

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Courtney Berdan and Sybille Haeussler planting Gosnell trial 2011

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“Pine in the Park” at Tyhee Lake

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“Pine in the Park” at Tyhee Lake

In May 2012 we partnered with the Bulkley Valley Naturalists to host two Fun-with-Seeds sessions for school children at the Smithers Art Gallery during their “The Fine Art of Nature” exhibition.The Bulkley Valley Research Centre hosted “Pine in the Park: Research and Restoration of an Endangered Tree in B.C. Parks” at Tyhee Lake Provincial Park on Sept. 22, 2012, a presentation showcasing whitebark pine restoration taking place within BC Parks.

Together with the Wetzin'Kwa Community Forest, the Office of the Wet’suwet’en established a “Gathering Place” at Silvern Creek (near our low elevation restoration site) with a seating area and display board describing local ecosystems and cultural practices. The display board prominently features information about whitebark pine ecology using photos supplied by Bulkley Valley Research Centre members. A similar display board was erected at the Bulkley Valley Nordic Centre ski lodge. Plans are underway to display another interpretive sign near the Piper Down mountain bike trailhead adjacent to the Hudson Bay Mountain ski resort.

Field trips to view the Hudson Bay Mountain assisted migration trial were held during National Forest Week in September, 2015 and with the Bulkley Valley Naturalists in August 2019.

Please contact Sybille.Haeussler (at symbol) unbc.ca to arrange a presentation or field trip.