Taking a Bite out of the Climate Station
ALRF meteorologist Brendan Murphy repairs the solar panel cable that was chewed through in December.
ALRF staffÂ completed an annual winter check on theÂ climate station yesterday, and it was a good thing we did….two cables had been chewed through by ’something’ (possibly a moose). One cableÂ 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!
Lessons in Campus Forestry
UNBC forestry students get an overview of tree hazard management within a stand next to the UNBC administration building (Photo: Dr. H. Massicotte).
Earlier this month, aÂ group of UNBC undergraduate forestry majors braved frigid temperatures to tour the sites of planned stand management treatmentsÂ atÂ UNBC’s Prince GeorgeÂ campus. The treatments were developed by Mike Jull, ALRFS Manager, to mitigate fire and danger tree hazards on campus.Â Selective tree removalsÂ for the inner campusÂ will take place at the end of February, when students will have the opportunity to observe the effects after treatments are completed. Surrounded by forest, including a greenbelt to the west, UNBC campus serves as an importantÂ location for hands-on learningÂ in a variety of environmental and natural resource management labs such as soils, basicÂ field skills, silviculture, vegetation assessments, and wildlife management.