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Living Lab – Silviculture

by Colin for Education Stories

Day 1 - In the Fireweed of a young forest

Day 1 - In the Fireweed of a young forest

As I look back on my own university experience the days that I remembered most were the days that we got out of the classroom and actually got out to the forest.  It was those times that we walked amongst the trees,  young or old, and discussed issues of forest ecology, applied management (i.e. silviculture) that were great times of influence.  It was moving from the theory of the text books to the reality of woods!

This last semester Mike Jull and I had the privilege of hosting UNBC’s third year Silviculture class taught by Scott Green.  Four very full days with the students literally walking through the life cycle of forests as we challenged students to take the theory and explain it in reality a few core topics included:

  • Site ecology identification and classification
  • Site limiting factors
  • Key stages of stand development
  • Forest Condition and Health – current and future
  • Site Index
  • Professional Reliance
  • Management Options
  • Integrating multiple forest values

This is one of the things that makes the UNBC Natural Resources Management and Forestry Ecology programs so good.   Lab time is rooted in reality – not locked in the lab; the application of theory can be discussed with faculty and professionals who are actively engaged in forest management.

-Colin Chisholm RPF
Assistant Forest Manager

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Senior Forestry Internship

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We are inviting applications to fill our Senior Forestry Internship.  The position is open to students currently enrolled or graduating this year from a natural resources management program (undergraduate or graduate level).

The work term is May 5 through Nov. 28 of 2014 (7 month term).

This is an excellent opportunity to be involved in a broad range of forest projects.  Projects planned for 2014 include:

Forest Planning and Stand Assessments

  • Strategic assessment of 25-50 year old plantations and second growth stands, including the development of treatment recommendations
  • Silvicultural projects for the enhancement of forest productivity
  • Forest inventory

Operations and Silvicultural Obligations

  • Road maintenance
  • Mechanical brushing and other silvicultural treatments as needed
  • Silvicultural surveys and assessments

Forest Research

  • Installation and re-measurement of various research trials
  • Assist diverse research projects as needed

Educational Programs and Infrastructure

  • Design and layout for various forestry demonstration sites.
  • Maintain and upgrade trail system
  • Hosting of various tours and educational events

Please view this job description for further details

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2012 In Pictures

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A new photo-gallery has been put together — check it out

Warning - Brushing

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Road right-of-ways were brushed

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Opportunities for Field Research

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2013 Seed Grant Opportunities for Field Research

As part of our forest research and education mandate, the not-for-profit Aleza Lake Research Forest Society endeavors to make funds available each year for seed grants to UNBC and allied researchers undertaking new field research (or significant new directions of existing ALRF research) at the Aleza Lake Research Forest (or ALRF).

for details view SeedGrantOpportunity.pdf

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Living Lab

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Dr. Juan Carlos wanted to add a practical / hands on component to his UNBC Forestry 209 class.  I had a great day hosting this field tour visiting old growth and managed areas while discussing stand dynamics, impacts of climate, slope, aspect, soil and water on tree growth.

UNBCs Forestry 209: Silvics Class

UNBC's Forestry 209: Silvics Class

Plantation Under Snow

Plantation Under Snow

Sub-alpine Fir with wolf tracks

Sub-alpine Fir with wolf tracks

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