College of New Caledonia, British Columbia
Climate change is having a discernible impact on the forests of British Columbia and is one of the biggest challenges facing the forest industry today. One of the most important applied research focuses for the forestry industry in central B.C. is finding new tree species to plant that will be better adapted to the climate projected for the future, and will provide forest products for future generations.
The College of New Caledonia is working with local forest companies, the provincial government, three research forests, and collaborators from other academic institutions to research potential tree species. Species like western larch and Douglas fir may be ideally suited to current and future climates in our region. College faculty and students in the Natural Resources and Environmental Technology program are involved in research trial plantings across the region, and measuring, analyzing and reporting tree and climate data from these sites. Once established, research installations will provide important data to the forest industry over several decades, and will also provide an ideal teaching and demonstration facility for students.
“This project is a perfect fit with our future forest stewardship objectives,” said Frank Varga, a B.C. Timber sales practices forester. “The research these students are doing will provide valuable knowledge about the effects of climate change on northern B.C. forests and help us determine which tree species are best-suited to the region.”
Funding: Innovation Enhancement (IE) Grant
Partners: Aleza Lake Research Forest of University of Northern BC, Wet’zinkwa Community Forest Corporation, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, BC Ministry of Forests, CNC Research Forest Society, Lakeland Mills Ltd., Canfor, Dunkley Lumber Ltd., BC Timber Sales
The College of New Caledonia (CNC) has played an important role in training and educating residents in northern B.C. since 1969. Along with being one of the most affordable post-secondary institutions in B.C. and providing hands-on learning, CNC focuses on small class sizes, with a capacity of 37 seats or … Learn More