Category Archives: UNBC

2017 UNBC Field Safety

The ALRF is proud to support the training of various students heading out for great experiences in research associated with UNBC.  UNBC’s Field Safety Committee has announced:

In preparation for upcoming field seasons, the Field Safety Committee is sponsoring a training session on April 28, 2017, for anyone planning to conduct wilderness-based field research. Pre-workshop materials will be provided to registered UNBC participants through UNBC’s Blackboard system. There will be a nominal fee of $20/participant for the session to facilitate the purchase of necessary supplies. All participants who pay the fee, and complete the pre-workshop materials and the field session will receive a certificate of completion. Additionally, your participation will be registered with the Risk & Safety Office to show you have completed this safety training. To register, please follow the instructions on the attached, fillable, PDF form (including chargeback coding, if applicable) and forward it to

Here is the poster and the registration form

UNBC – Danger Tree Removals

The ALRF will be acting on behalf of UNBC Facilities to remove trees that have been identified as dangerous.  These trees are standing dead, diseased, or have otherwise been identified as unstable and could fall causing injury or property damage.

June 8 and 10 crews will be operating around campus to selectively remove these trees.   many of the trees will be chipped and the chips will be used at the BioEnergy plant here on campus.

Some of the upcoming work includes some higher profile trees including:

Aspens by the Administration Building

A number of these trees pre-date the campus construction and unfortunately are now over-mature and the tops are dying.  A number of these trees must be selectively removed for safety reasons.  There are a number of younger trees which will maintain a stand of trees in this location – when these reach the end of their days there is another cohort already filling in behind them.  Some of the branches may be mulched and broadcast on site.  The larger pieces will be chipped and ‘recycled’ as heat through the Bioenergy plant.

Spruce to the south of the Administration Building

The very large spruce tree near the south entrance to the Administration Building is due for an assessment, and quite possibly will have to be removed this spring.  It has been monitored for the past several years and unfortunately the top die-back has been advancing and there is now a significant danger both to persons and the building.

Should you have any questions regarding these activities please contact Colin Chisholm of the Aleza Lake Research Forest at 250-960-6338 or

UNBC Forest Lands Map

Much thanks to UNBC’s Green Fund and GIS lab.  It is through their assistance that we were able to initiate the #mapUNBC project!

This mapping project highlights UNBC’s Forest Lands surrounding the main Prince George campus.   There are more than 500 ha of forested lands and more than 21 kilometers of trails on UNBC Property!

For more information and to get a copy of the map use the menu or go direct to the #mapUNBC page.