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.

New ALRF Trail Maps!

Cabin fever? Prepare to get outdoors this spring at the Aleza Lake Research Forest…

ALRFS just published two new trail maps on our Maps page. We are also  preparing  a trail brochure  which will have  maps and more information about how to get to the Research Forest and what you can find on the trails…so stay tuned!

Not interested in going out for a walk on your own? Arrange for a guided tour for your group! For more information see our Education page.

New Publication on Lichen Research

An example of Lobaria pulmonaria, a common cyanolichen found at Aleza Lake Research Forest.
Lobaria pulmonaria grows on a mature tree (photo: Wikipedia).

Congratulations to Jocelyn Campbell (UBC PhD Candidate) and her co-authors  on their recent publication in the Canadian Journal of Forest Research. The research took place at various locations within  Aleza Lake Research Forest and surrounding ecosystems.

The paper describes a study on cyanolichens, a type of lichen that grows in wet climates and old forest conditions. Cyanolichens that grow on trees are picky about where they live. For example, this paper cites other studies that have shown cyanolichens are more abundant and diverse on sub-alpine fir trees (Abies lasiocaropa) then they are on hybrid spruce (Picea glauca x englemanii). In fact this paper shows that one of the places that cynolichens are happiest is on conifer saplings that grow under aspen (Populus tremuloides)  or cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa). This  unexplainable association was even stronger in study sites where conditions for cyanolichens were marginal, including those at ALRF.

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