Changing Forests with Climate Change

Written by: Mike Jull, ALRF Manager

Traditional species choices for reforestation in the sub-boreal spruce (SBS) forests of Central Interior BC tend to be historically limited to mainly spruce and lodgepole pine, Douglas-fir on some warmer sites, and subalpine fir (mainly through natural regeneration). However, two other tree species native to the BC Interior, western larch (Larix occidentalis) and western redcedar (Thuja plicata), show intriguing potential for adding to the species diversity and management of second-growth SBS forests.   Initial experience and observations suggest that western larch is best suited to warmer, better-drained, lower brush-hazard sites in the sub-boreal, while in contrast, western redcedar will be suited to some moist cool seepage sites with higher brush hazards.

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Exploring Our Roots

A synopsis and photos from the Exploring Our Roots: Forest History in Our Communities   conference is now posted on the NiCHE website (Network in Canadian History and Environment). The conference was held September 17th to 19th, 2009 in Prince George, BC, and was hosted by the Forest History Association of BC, the Northern BC Archives and the Aleza Lake Research Forest Society. Have a look at the broad range of topics and adventures that our delegates were lucky enough to enjoy!

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

I’m not a Forester and I don’t profess to be, but I do admire Mother Nature in all her glory and oddities. That was something I learned from my dad I guess. Whenever we would be out walking in the woods or camping, his eye would always pick out the things that were different and he would make sure us kids saw whatever it was he saw. My dad’s humour would undoubtedly Continue reading Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.