Last year it was western red cedar, this year it’s black spruce. This week staff at UNBC’s IK Barber Enhanced Forestry Lab, sowed over 2000 black spruce seeds for ALRF. When they are ready in 3 months, the seedlings will be planted on wet soils within Block 22 this spring as a demonstration site for species diversity. Stay tuned as we post updates on the seedlings as they grow in the greenhouse!
ALRF staff completed an annual winter check on the climate station yesterday, and it was a good thing we did….two cables had been chewed through by ‘something’ (possibly a moose). One cable was for the snowdepth sensor and the other for the solar panel that recharges the station batteries. Based on the data, the station stopped logging snowdepths on December 15th, at 10pm (a late night snack perhaps?). Both cables were repaired, and fortunately, the batteries were still fully charged probably due to the insulating properties of the 135cm of snow at the site!
Earlier this month, a group of UNBC undergraduate forestry majors braved frigid temperatures to tour the sites of planned stand management treatments at UNBC’s Prince George campus. The treatments were developed by Mike Jull, ALRFS Manager, to mitigate fire and danger tree hazards on campus. Selective tree removals for the inner campus will take place at the end of February, when students will have the opportunity to observe the effects after treatments are completed. Surrounded by forest, including a greenbelt to the west, UNBC campus serves as an important location for hands-on learning in a variety of environmental and natural resource management labs such as soils, basic field skills, silviculture, vegetation assessments, and wildlife management.