2018 Winter Conference

Managing for resilience and mid-term timber supply on a dynamic landbase

When: February 27-28, 2018
Where: Prince George Civic Centre, Prince George, BC

With an unprecedented wildfire season behind us and the spruce beetle outbreak continuing to expand, there are widespread challenges on the horizon. Some of the challenges are familiar and some seem new due to the cumulative complexity of forests and the systems that regulate them. Land managers must find innovative ways to sustain ecosystems and enhance the value of the available natural resources on a landbase that is ever-changing. In a time where policy, land ownership, ecology and climate are all shifting it is the role of the Silviculturalist to assess the current situation and use visionary thinking to look forward, act now, and create the resilient forests of tomorrow.

The aim of the 2018 NSC Winter Conference is to provide ideas, tools, and contacts that will help you achieve these goals.

To register:  NSC 2018 Winter Conference


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Day 1, Part 1: Landscape level disturbances and new realities of forest management

8:15 am – Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:30 am – Wildfire and risk management at stand and landscape levels – Dana Hicks (BC Wildfire Service)

9:15 am – Stand treatments to reduce fire hazard and rate of spread while maintaining timber production – Bruce Blackwell (B.A. Blackwell and Associates Ltd.)

10:00 am – Refreshment Break/Exhibits

10:30 am – Warning signals of adverse interactions between climate change and native stressors in British Columbia forests – Alex Woods (BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development)

11:15 am – Innovative field practices and partnerships for mid-rotation silvicultural treatments – Phillippe Meek (FPInnovations).

12:00 pm – Lunch (provided)

Day 1, Part II: 

1:00 pm – An Update on mid-term timber supply in the Cariboo and Central Interior, current pressures, and mitigation options – John Pousette (BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development)

1:45 pm – Spruce beetle panel: The Chief Forester’s 2017 Retention Guidance regarding management of Spruce Beetle-Impacted Areas – Dr. Jeanne Robert and Mike McLachlan, (BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development), and Dale Likes (Canadian Forest Products Ltd.)

3:00 pm – Refreshment Break/Exhibits

3:30 pm – How much is really enough? Informing Old growth targets with threshold science. Dr. Karen Price, (Independent Consultant – Smithers)

4:15 pm – Disturbance ecology, fire, bugs, and people: How do we set forest management goals and policy that integrate science? TBA

5:10 pm – Adjourn

5:20 pm – No Host Bar

6:15 pm – Banquet – Prince George Civic Centre

7:15 pm – Speaker – Dr. Hugues Massicotte (UNBC) – Fungi and forests: holobiome, underground connections and uncertainty…was Clements right?

Wednesday, February, 28, 2018

Day 2: Treatments, Tools, and Data Acquisition Options for New Silvicultural Challenges

8:15 am – Welcome back and opening remarks

8:30 am – Development of Regional Stocking Standards: the Southern Interior Experience – Grant Glessing (Tolko Industries Ltd.)

9:15 am – Untangling and improving silvicultural planning and stocking standards for partial-cut silvicultural systems in central BC – Mike Jull (Aleza Lake Research Forest)

10:00 am Refreshment Break/Exhibits

10:30 am – Planning for Road Rehabilitation in the Stuart Nechako Resource District – Darcie Foder, and Steve Thompson (Forsite Consultants)

11:15 am – Regional watershed evaluation projects and their potential influence on forest management – John Rex (BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development)

12:00 pm Lunch (provided)

1:00 pm – NSC business meeting

1:20 pm – Forest Community Climate Toolkit and Extension Project plan – Guy Burdikin (on behalf of ABCFP)

1:45 pm – Remote Sensing: Current applications and potential applications to forestry – Alex Bevington (BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development)

2:30 pm – Drone applications in forestry (Part 1: application & Part 2: regulations) – Vaughn Richards (FYBR – Vancouver) and Declan Sweeney (Independent Consultant – Prince George)

3:15 pm – Prize draw

3:30 pm – Adjourn