2019 NSC Winter Conference

Silviculture Practices for Changing Forest Landscapes, Values, and Expectations

Forested ecosystems and values are changing at a pace that puts pressure on forest managers, local licensees, and provincial programs to continually adapt. Finding innovative and collaborative approaches in silviculture and resource planning has become essential to the baseline of the forest industry in the short and long term.

Join the Northern Silviculture Committee on February 26-27 to push forward the leading edge in silvicultural practices for changing forest landscape, values and expectations.

Be part of the solution!

February 26-27, 2019
Prince George Civic Centre


Day 1 – Morning: Strategic Issues in Silviculture and Forest Management

7:00 Registration and Networking

8:30 Welcome and NSC Program Overview

8:40 Review of the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA) and Potential Amendments.
Denise Hogue – SFM Team Lead, MoFLRNORD

9:20 Outland Youth Employment Program: Building Capacity for First Nations Youth. Derek Orr – Carrier Lumber Presentation

10:00 Coffee Break

10:30 Forests, Biodiversity, and Lasers: Tools for taking inventory of our forest ecosystems using aerial laser scanning. Colin Chisholm – (Aleza Lake Research Forest) Presentation

11:15 New insights into northern Douglas-fir management trends over the past 20 years. Hardy Griesbauer, RPF – Research Silviculturist, MoFLNRORD Presentation

12:00 Lunch – provided

Day 1 – Afternoon: New Challenges and Innovative Approaches in Silviculture Practice

1:00 Glyphosate and potential persistence in plants and soils of northern climates. Dr. Lisa Wood, RPF – Asst. Professor, Ecosystem Science and Management Program, UNBC Presentation

1:45 Nurseries & Planting: Supply and Demand (Panel Discussion).
Government and Industry Seedling Use – Neil Hughes, RPF – MoFLNRORD Presentation
Current Trends in the Silviculture Workforce – Matt Robertson – BC Operations, Brinkman Reforestation Ltd.
Steven Kiiskila – President, Forest Nursery Association of BC.

3:00 Coffee Break

3:20 Intensive Silviculture Practices in Europe and lessons for BC.
Cezar Slugocki, RPF – Erafor Forestry Ltd. Presentation

4:05-4:45 Commercial Thinning in the BC Central Interior.
Marty Hiemstra, RPF – LoBar Log Transport Ltd. Presentation

5:30 networking, dinner 6:00, presentation 7:15 Banquet and Dinner Speaker – The Magic of Remote Sensing – Alexandre Bevington, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development. Presentation

Day 2 – Morning: Adapting Forest Practices for Wildlife

8:15 Reconvening welcome and overview of Day 2 program

8:30 Forest management for moose and caribou: a paradox or simply the flip sides of silviculture? Scott McNay, PhD, RPF, RPBio – Wildlife Infometrics Presentation

9:15 Where should a clever moose eat? Plant physiology, silviculture, and population dynamics of large herbivores in north-central BC.
Jeff Werner, PhD – Wildlife Biologist, MoFLNROD Presentation

10:00 Coffee Break

10:30 Wildfire Salvage Logging and Wildlife Habitat: Canfor’s Approach, Planning and Practices. Kari Stuart-Smith, PhD – Forest Scientist, Canadian Forest Products Ltd. Presentation

11:15 NSC Annual General Meeting (door prizes)

11:45 Lunch (provided)

Day 2 – Afternoon: Adapting Silviculture to Changing Climates

12:45 Fuels Management and Fire Management Stocking Standards. 
Dr. Ed Korpela, BC Wildfire Service Presentation

1:30 A tool for incorporating site level climate change impacts into land management decisions. Craig Delong, RPBio – Ecora Consulting Ltd. Presentation 
Tree Species Drought Observations (MSWord) ASMR_Species_Selection_Tool_March_2012 (excel spreadsheet)

2:15 Coffee Break

2:35 Climate-based Seed Transfer (CBST): Operational Considerations.
Kori Vernier – Canadian Forest Products Ltd., Margot Spence – MoFLNRORD
Presentation – Spence 
Presentation – Vernier

3:20 Forest Carbon Science and Climate Change Adaptation Research.
Garrett McLaughlin – MoFLNRORD Presentation

4:05 Closing Remarks and Conference Completion