A Swedish Invasion!

Students consider the implications of managing for old growth forests on carbon sequestration.
Mike Jull describes managing for landscape level old growth, as the SLU students consider the implications for carbon sequestration.

Twenty-two graduate students and instructors from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) visited ALRF on October 9th as part of a two-week intensive field course. Coordinated in partnership between SLU and the UBC Alex Fraser Research Forest, the group traveled through BC’s lower mainland and the Interior to speak with various forest practitioners and learn about our diverse management issues. In addition to touring the ALRF, the students’ two-day stay in Prince George included pine forests and caribou habitat near Bear Lake, as well as a visit to the Ancient Forest before continuing on to the McBride Community Forest.

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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