2017 Summer Field tour

Moose, Mushrooms, and Mixedwoods

Boreal mixedwood forests are dynamic.  These changes in forest structure and composition provide both dilemmas’ and opportunities for the silvicultural forester.  Join us to consider, and re-consider,  mixedwood silviculture based on decades of research, recent wildfire events, future climates, antlers and ectomycorrhizae.

When: September 13-14, 2017
Where: Fort St John, BC

Day 1 – Wednesday, September 13, 2017

7:00 am – Registration and Assembly at the Fort St. John Recreation Centre Parking Lot

8:00 am – Leave for Field Sites

9:00 am – What do future climates mean for the tree species in the boreal?

Early results from Assisted Migration Adaptation Trial – Fort St. John Site
Climate Based Seed Transfer Guidelines for BC – (Brian Barber – BC Forest Genetics Council)

11:30-12:30 pm – Lunch at Inga Lake Recreation Site (provided)

12:30 pm – Biological Effectiveness of Manipulating Boreal Sites – 30 years later

Stand level spruce volume responses to applied treatments (Lorne Bedford – Forest Practices Branch, R Kabzems – FLNRO)

Learning from tree level environmental responses (Dr. Che Elkin – UNBC)

3:00 pm – Operational cutblocks in the Fort St. John Code Pilot
                      (Dawn Griffin – Canadian Forest Products and Walter Fister – BC Timber Sales)

4:00 pm – Leave field sites

5:00 pm – Arrive Fort St John

6:00 pm – Barbecue – everyone welcome


Day 2 – Thursday, September 14, 2017

8:00 am: Buses Leave Fort St. John Recreation Centre

9:00 am: The Fires of Spring

Spring 2016 wildfire behaviour and lessons learned (Dana Hicks, Wildfire Threat Specialist – BC Wildfire Service)

Mixedwood Silviculture approaches to community wildfire protection – TBA

Post fire mushrooms and the mushroom economy – Dr. Shannon Berch MOE

12:00: Lunch (provided)

1:00 pm: Intimate mixedwoods & unmix the mix: What are the options?  What are the considerations?

Managing for Moose and Caribou in Boreal Forest – (Megan Watters and Mike Bridger – Wildlife Ecologists, FLNRO)

Migratory bird guidelines applicable to boreal forest harvesting operations – TBA

3:00 pm: Leave field sites

4:00 pm: Arrive Fort St. John

Cost: $250

To Register: Click here
Registration Deadline: Friday, September 8, 2017