2019 NSC Winter Conference

The 2019 Northern Silviculture Committee Winter Conference will be taking place February 26-27, 2019 at the Prince George Civic Centre. The agenda and theme are now available.

For more details and to register click on the conference page.

Registration deadline: Friday, February 22, 2019.

Hope to see you there.

2018 Fall Field Tour

The organizing committee is working on the development of this year’s fall field tour which will be taking place in the Terrace/Smithers area on September 18-19, 2018.

A draft agenda has been posted and registration is now open.

Hope to see you there!

2018 Winter Conference

The 2018 Northern Silviculture Committee Winter Conference is currently under development and more information will be available soon.

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

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.

For more information about the conference and to register please click on the link under Upcoming Events, on the right hand side of the page.

Registration deadline: Friday, February 23, 2018.

Hope to see you there.


2017 Summer Field tour

Registration will be opening soon for the 2017 NSC Summer field tour taking place in Fort St John on September 13-14, 2017.

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.

Click on the link under Upcoming Events, on the right hand side of the page.

Registration deadline: Friday, September 8, 2017.

Hope to see you there.

2017 Winter Conference

Thanks to everyone who attended the 2017 NSC Winter Conference which took place in Prince George on February 20-21, 2017.

PDF versions of the presentations have now been posted. Click here to access them.


2016 NSC Summer Field Tour

Registration is now open for the 2016 NSC Summer field tour taking place in Fort St James on September 13-14, 2016.

Click on the link under Upcoming Events, on the right hand side of the page.

A link to a listing of potential accommodations has also been provided. The link is located near the bottom of the event page.

Registration deadline: Friday, September 9, 2016.

Hope to see you there.

NSC Fall Field Tour – 2015

Prince George BC, September 16-17, 2015

The 2015 field tour will focus on second-growth forest management in the Interior Wet belt throughout the whole rotation, including early, mid- and late-rotation stand management options. A variety of ecological, licensee, and management perspectives will be included. Alternative management options including partial-cutting and complex stand management will also be explored.

  • Day 1 (Wed. Sept 16th, 8 am to +/- 6 pm) will be in the UNBC Aleza Lake Research Forest area, 60 km E-NE of Prince George.
  • Day 2 (Thurs, Sept 17th, 8 am to +/- 4 pm) will be in Tree Farm License (TFL) 30 and the Pass Lake area, east of Prince George and north of the Fraser River.

Register Online at:


If you have any problems call 250-960-5153 for admin support.

Also note that the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) will be hosting a catered “meet and greet” at UNBC’s Doug Little Lounge on the evening before the field tour starting at 7 pm (Tuesday, Sept 15). Admission is free.

NSC 2015 Winter Conference

Moving Forward in Our Industry: The Opportunities and Challenges

When: January 27-28, 2015

Where: Hart Community Centre, Prince George, BC


Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

7:00 am     Registration/ Coffee/ Muffins

8:15 am      Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:30 am     Forest Inventory – Initiatives in the Central and Northern Interior and their relationship to second-growth stand management and mid-term timber supply. Pat Martin (FLNRO)

9:15 am      Do we need better information on managed stands? Eleanor McWilliams (J&E McWilliams and Associates Ltd.)

10:00 am  Refreshment break/Exhibits

10:30 am  Integrated Resource Management Planning: An evolution of the Type 4 Silviculture Strategy. Paul Rehsler (FLNRO)

11:15 am   Nadina Stocking Standards. Agathe Bernard (FLNRO)

12:00 pm  Lunch (provided)

1:00 pm     Moving forward in our Industry: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Government: Al Powellson (FLNRO)
  • Industry: Neil Spendiff (Canfor)
  • Education: Mike Jull (UNBC)
  • Consulting: Crawford Young (Spectrum Resource Group Ltd.)

4:30 pm     Adjourn

6:00pm      No Host Bar

6:30pm      Banquet – Hart Community Centre

7:30pm      Guest Speaker – TBA


WEDNESDAY Jan 28th, 2015

8:15 am     iPad Technology – Hands-on Tablet Session. Frank Varga and Andy Muma (BCTS and FLNRO)

9:15 am     Spring and summer planting challenges. Claire Kooistra (Conifera Consulting)

10:00 am NSC Business Meeting

10:45 am  Prescribed burning. Brent Bye (Wildfire Management Branch)

11:30 am  Prescribed burning – A lost art. Dale Likes (Canfor)

12:15 pm Lunch ( provided)

1:15 pm    Stocking standards for fire management. Kevin Astridge (FLNRO)

2:00 pm   Prescribed burning as a vegetation management tool. Sybille Haeussler (consultant)

2:45 pm   Prescribed burning and forest health. Richard Reich (FLNRO)

3:30 pm   Prize Draw and Adjourn


NSC Summer Field Tour
Early Registration Fee:$225.00 +gst (on or
before Jan 17/2015)
Registration Fee: $250.00 +gst
(after Jan 17, 2015)

To Register:

Register Online at: http://www.bookking.ca/bkunbccontinuingstudiespub/courses/index.asp?c=1&sc=8&crs=638

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Northern Silviculture Committee Winter Workshop 2013





2 January 2013

Northern Silviculture Comittee Winter Workshop


The Art of Silviculture: Seedlings to Landscapes

February 19-20, 2013
Prince George, B.C.
We invite you to join us at this exciting workshop to discuss, debate, and learn more about “The Art of Silviculture: Seedlings to Landscapes”.
A wide range of silviculture topics will be explored over the two day workshop with an emphasis on current issues of the day. You will have a chance to learn something new, meet old and new friends, and visit with one of the workshop exhibitors.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

7:00 am Registration

8:15 am Welcome


8:30 am Landscape Fire Planning and Management

Kelly Osbourne, FLNRO

9:15 am Fire in Mountain Pine Beetle

Dana Hicks, FLNRO

10:00 – 10:30 am Refreshment Break / Exhibits

10:30 am Evaluating Various Reforestation Options for Severely Burnt Sites (2009 and 2010 Wildfires) in the Chilcotin and Central Cariboo

Clare Kooistra, Conifera Consulting

11:15 am A new Look at Direct Seeding Lodgepole Pine

Bill Chapman, FLNRO

Becky Bravi, FLNRO

Becky Bravi, FLNRO

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch ( provided)

1:00 pm The Role of Silviculture in Watershed Management

Dave Wilford, FLNRO

1:45 pm Climate Change Studies on the CNC Research Forest

John Neumann, College of New Caledonia

2:30 pm Refreshment Break / Exhibits

3:00 pm Landscape Level Assessments of Vole and Hare Popula tion Cycles and Impacts to Silviculture Planning

Frank Doyle, Wildlife Dynamics Consulting

3:45 pm TBA

6:00 pm No Host Bar

6:30 pm Banquet – University of Northern BC

7:30 pm Guest Speaker TBA


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

8:00 am Uniform Shelterwood Silviculture Systems in the Cariboo Region

Michaela Waterhouse, FLNRO

8:45 am Trembling aspen competition, climate, and site preparation effects on white spruce growth in boreal forests of Western Canada

Francesco Cortini, NRCan

9:30 am NSC Business Meeting

10:00 am Refreshment Break / Exhibits

10:30 am Long term Dynamics and Fate of Douglas-fir leave trees in the Central Interior

Mike Jull, UNBC

11:15 am Glacial History of the Bowron Area

Marten Geertsema, FLNRO

12:00 am – 1:00 pm – Lunch (provided)

The Bowron Today: 30 Years after the Spruce Beetle Outbreak(Joint technical session with the ABCFP AGM, Canfor Theatre)

1:00 pm Westland Video(1992) about the Spruce Beetle Outbreak

Robert Hodgkinson, FLNRO

The 80’s – A New Era for Forest Management

Brian Harding,Erafor Forestry

Management Today

Cezary Slugocki, Erafor Forestry

Biodiversity, Mountain Caribou and Grizzly Bears

Dale Seip, Ministry of Environment

Riparian and hydrologic legacies of extensive salvage harvesting in the Bowron River watershed

John Rex, FLNRO

3:30 pm Adjourn Prize Draw


NSC Winter Workshop

Early Registration Fee: $225.00 +hst

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Registration Fee: $250.00 +hst

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Live Streaming Fee: $95.00 +hst

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For those individuals who cannot attend in person we are offering the workshop via this technology so that you can view it live online. Contact us for more details.

Live Streaming Fee: $95.00 +hst

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Winter Workshop – “Live Streaming”

February 19-20, 2013

For those individuals who cannot attend in person we are offering the workshop via this technology so that you can view it live online.  Those who register for this option will be able to view all the presentations live through their computer.  You will also have the ability to ask questions of the presenters by typing in your questions online.  The moderators for each sesssion will monitor these requests and will forward the questions to the presenters on your behalf.  Those who register for this format will be given a link and password 3 days prior to the workshop.

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Post With Silviculture Video

This is an example of a post with a silviculture video. Your video could be on any subject at all:

  • general interest
  • how -to video
  • present your silviculture problem and ask for advice

The point is, video is a great way to communicate and just about every silviculturist out there has a digital camera that can do the job.

Spring 2007 Newsletter

Volume 9 Issue 1 Spring 2007

From the Editor’s Stump

Very difficult and challenging times are here for us in the forest industry, with economic variables aligned against industry profitability for the near future. Finding the ‘sweet spot’ in keeping current silviculture cost down without creating legacy projects is a fine art.
The winter workshop in PG was a great success, and I was so tempted to yell out during the talk show; Jerr-y, Jerr-y! I have never actually been ejected from an NSC event…
Please enjoy the 2007 tour in Smithers.
Have a great summer.
Rob Cochrane – Editor

Winter Workshop Highlights

The winter NSC workshop on “Silviculture Science and the Translation to Evaluation and Forest Stewardship Plans” was a great  success with over 200 attendees. The first session was an update on current  research and the backbone for day two’s session on the progress of FRPA in developing effectiveness evaluations.
A few highlights of these sessions included
  • Bruce Rogers update on Douglas-fir retention and how his research translates into management practices.
  • Wendy Bergerund challenged the group to have a better understanding of stocking calculations.
  • Norma Stromberg- Jones talked about the limitation of effectiveness evaluations in the field and the difficulty of interpretations for nonspecialists.
  • Ian Brown challenged the group to look at big picture goals when considering free growing standards.
  • Roberta Reader stressed the importance of being a professional and not handing over decision making to the courts.
For this conference a couple of new formats were tried. The breakout sessions were appreciated allowing attendees to choose areas of interest of both technical updates (GPS, PDA’s) and scientific updates (soils, Fire smart, range and woody debris).
The ‘talk show’ was very humorous; Jim Ladds the MC brought out the dry humor of Alan Banner and Denise Hogue while conveying their wealth of experience.