The Amazing COFI Camp

 
The Council of Forest Industries Education Program will be holding their annual Natural Resources Management Camp for School District 57 senior high school students, hosted at ALRF on May 19th and 20th this year. After learning about the art, science and rewarding careers in natural resources, the students will  tackle the Amazing NRM Challenge where teams will be asked to complete physically and mentally demanding activities – and have lots of fun doing it!

Tiny Forest Emerges in Greenhouse

Our  seedlings are now over 4 months old!  Planted just before Christmas, the Western larch are a whopping 8 inches tall and the grow lights have been reduced before they are planted in early June.

 The Western yellow cedar are showing their secondary growth – actual cedar leaves! They are still under the grow lights and will continue to  live in the greenhouse until they are ready to plant this fall.

Both sets of trees are growing in the greehouse attached to UNBC’s Enhance Forestry Laboratory. If the climate change predictions are accurate, these species should grow very well here in the future, but the question is how  well can these species survive in the short-term? By  planting experimental trials we can monitor their growth and  development at the Research Forest  and come up with some answers that might help future forest management decision-making.

ALRFS Helps with Campus Forests

A dead pine next to the UNBC campus entrance
A dead pine tree next to the UNBC campus entrance

This spring and summer, ALRFS staff will be planning and implementing small stand management treatments to mitigate forest fire and safety risks posed by dead trees on  UNBC Campus.  Planned and supervised  by Mike Jull, professional forester and manager of the ALRF, these treatments will focus on a total of  around 5  hectares of beetle-killed pine stands  plus any  scattered unsafe trees along  campus road sides and parking lots. A consultation process for the UNBC campus  will be conducted through the last half of April and the tree removal will occur in June and July.

More information about these campus forest management activities will be available on the UNBC Facilities website.