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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!

Are Moose Creating Bird Habitat?

ALRF staff and a group of UNBC students were visiting a   teaching site in a shelterwood harvest  treatment in late August when someone noticed a bird nest located in a short but very branchy birch tree. The site has been actively browsed by moose ever since the 18 ha block was harvested in winter 1994/95. The browse in this area was so extensive that the moose  were basically controlling the brush, making room for the planted spruce to  grow in the understory.
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