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Black Spruce Seeds are Sown

Row upon row of styroblocks are filled with black spruce seeds at the Enhanced Forestry Lab at UNBC.

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!

Taking a Bite out of the Climate Station

ALRF meteorologist Brendan Murphy repairs the solar panel cable that was chewed through in December.

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!

Lessons in Campus Forestry

UNBC forestry students get an overview of tree hazard management within a stand next to the UNBC administration building (Photo: Dr. H. Massicotte).

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.