The Inland Wet Temperate Rainforest of BC (May 21 - 23)
Wed May 21 to Fri May 23, 2008, Prince George, BC
Visions of the Inland Wet Temperate Rainforest of BC:
Conservation, Management and Community
University of Northern British Columbia,
Prince George, British Columbia
May 21–23, 2008
B.C.’s inland wet temperate rainforest is a globally rare ecosystem which exhibits tremendous ecological diversity, including lush riparian zones adjacent to salmon streams, and impressive groves of western redcedar. Portions of this ecosystem provide important habitat for many threatened or endangered species, ranging from mountain caribou to canopy lichens. With the current mountain pine beetle infestation resulting in the mortality of much of the interior lodgepole pine forests of British Columbia it is expected that once the dead pine are no longer salvageable that there will be an increased demand placed on these forest types to supply the raw materials for the lumber and pulp industries.
Since the last ICH conference in 2000 the research projects in this area have yielded many new insights into natural disturbance processes, and the structure and functioning of both unmanaged and managed forests, including coarse woody debris and wildlife tree dynamics, the ecology of forest canopies, and the historical role of fire and pathogens. The long-term silvicultural systems research trials in this area have also produced new and interesting results.
The University of Northern British Columbia in partnership with FORREX Forest Research Extension Partnership invite you to attend a conference which will highlight the results of the latest research with the aim of improving sustainable management of this ecologically important ecosystem. The conference will also examine the social and community values associated with these ecosystems and discuss the various perspectives and visions for the future of B.C.’s inland temperate rainforest.
As a result of this conference participants will gain increased knowledge of:
1. the research results on the ecology and dynamics of B.C.’s inland temperate rainforests (climate change and biodiversity, natural disturbance ecology, threatened ecosystems and species, wildlife habitat);
2. the social and community values associated with this ecosystem (recreation and tourism alternatives, sustainable forest products, land use planning, First Nations knowledge, art and literature);
3. the silvicultural systems and management practices that can be used in this ecosystem; and
4. the various perspectives and visions for the future of this ecosystem.
Who Should Attend?
This conference is open to all, and will be of interest to:
* Natural resource managers including government and licensee planners and silviculturists
* Academia including researchers and students
* General Public
* McBride and Revelstoke Community Forests
Date, Location, and Fee:
May 21-23, 2008: Prince George, BC
Registration Fee: to be announced
for conference details as they become available
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