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

To Register: 2019 NSC Conference 

Preliminary Agenda

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

10:00 Coffee Break

10:30 LiDAR in Forest Management and Silviculture: Current and Emerging Applications.
Colin Chisholm – (Aleza Lake Research Forest) & co-presenter

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

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 and Science Management, UNBC

1:45 Nurseries & Planting: Supply and Demand (Panel Discussion).
Neil Hughes, RPF – MoFLNRORD
Matt Robertson РOperations, Brinkman & Associates Reforestation 
Steven Kiiskila – President, Forest Nursery Association of BC.

3:00 Coffee Break

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

4:05 Operational Perspectives on Commercial Thinning in the Central Interior.
Marty Hiemstra, RPF – LoBar Log Transport Ltd.

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

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 РWildlife Infometrics

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

10:00 Coffee Break

10:30 Salvage Logging and Wildlife Habitat.
Kari Stuart-Smith, PhD – Forest Scientist, Canadian Forest Products Ltd.

11:15 NSC Annual General Meeting (door prizes)

11:45 Lunch (provided)

Day 2 – Afternoon: Adapting Silviculture to Changing Climates

12:45 Fire Based Stocking Standards.
Kelly Osbourne – Fire and Fuel Management Officer, BC Wildfire Service

1:30 Drought & Tree Health Tool.
Craig Delong, RPBio – Ecora Consulting Ltd.

2:15 Coffee Break

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

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

4:05 Closing Remarks and Conference Completion