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Communications working group is comprised of the
Ministry Library, the Production Resources Unit, and the
Knowledge Management Unit. They provide leading-edge information and
knowledge-management services to staff of the Ministry of Forests and
Range (MFR) and the Ministry of Environment (MoE).
Communications’ client-oriented service and use of innovative
internet-based technologies provides government decision-makers with the
most current and best available scientific information. Their products
and services have helped provide the scientific background for current
initiatives such as the
Future Forest Ecosystems Initiative, the
Forest and Range Practices Act
Forest Resource Evaluation Program (FRPA/FREP), the
Mountain Pine Beetle Action Plan,
and the Chief Forester’s Stewardship Vision and Framework. They have
provided current resources on leadership and change management for the
Ministry’s Road Ahead Strategy, and consultation on information
management issues to the Aboriginal Affairs Branch.
staff have assisted with the production of web sites and key
publications such as the
Glossary of Forestry Terms in British Columbia,
Acronyms and Initialisms for Forestry Terms in British Columbia, the
Forest Science Program Style Guide, and the 07/08 Annual Report and
Forest Science Program brochure.
The Library provides
easy on-line access to a wide range of full-text reports, and has
licensed the on-line version of hundreds of scientific journals. This is
the essential up-to-date information that Ministry staff need to do
their jobs. The Library staff maintains lists of national and
international web sites dealing with forestry and environmental issues.
All resources made available through the Library web site are vetted for
usability, credibility, and reliability.
Visitors to the
Library web site can locate, and download, documents through the
catalogue, the E-Publications page, the MFR and MoE manuals page, and
the ongoing mountain pine beetle and climate change bibliographies, to
name just a few resources.
Library staff prides themselves on providing high-quality client
services—they make it easy for clients to quickly get their hands on
Resources Unit produces quality, peer-and technically reviewed
publications and extension materials, and provides consultation services
for staff in the Forest Science Program (Research Branch and Regional
research programs), the Forest Stewardship Division, and other
Ministries and organizations. The Unit increases the recognition and
credibility of the Forest Science Program by ensuring that technical
material is presented to various audiences in the most efficient and
effective manner. The role of Production Resources is to:
professional publication standards, in the biological sciences, to
the publications and extension materials of the Forest Science
Program, and to consistently meet the high standards demanded of
peer-reviewed documents while meeting client cost requirements.
- Ensure that
distribution of Forest Science Program products occurs,
and is most effective for strategic widespread knowledge of, and
access to, these products.
- Develop and
publications series standards.
- Ensure that
documents receive sufficient publicity to effectively advertise the
quality of the research being undertaken by the Forest Science
- Make current
materials accessible in print and
electronically, and to scan older materials and make them
available on the web.
- Maximize the
possibility that our web pages are found by Google-searchable
directories, the Ministry’s “What’s
New” page, and the
Government Publications Index.
- Maintain an
in-house style guide.
Management Unit protects the Ministry’s long-term investment in the
research conducted by the Forest Science Program by tracking and making
accessible the paper, electronic, experimental project material,
research installation, and intellectual property assets.
staff are working to create a culture shift within the Program—to
generate a recognition of the need to protect knowledge assets and
address issues such as individual ownership, personal repositories of
information, and staff turnover and retirement. The Unit is working with
the Forest Science Program staff to develop FS WorkS, a user-friendly,
web-accessible database system that will allow staff to manage their
projects, store information related to their EP records, and add new
information regarding their research installations.
Knowledge Management is
currently undertaking an ambitious project to protect and provide easy
access to the considerable Ministry investment in Forest Science
research by documenting, tracking, and managing results and information
generated by long-term projects and research installations.
Forest Science Program
Database - (250) 387-6788
EPs – Assigning and
Tracking - (250) 387-6788
- (250) 387-2134
Research Installations -
- (250) 387-3628
Production Resources -
high-quality, consistent, peer- and technical-reviewed research and
extension documents. Our documents have international recognition
available to download free of charge or to purchase from our
Participating in an
MoE Corporate Memory Project, to gather, convert, and maintain a
digital repository of all MoE scientific and technical documents.
This initiative is supporting succession planning within the
Protecting the substantial Ministry investment in the
Forest Science Program research installations, through an
identification and valuation process. A Government Actions
Regulations order will be solicited to protect the physical assets
of these long-term research installations. The project also includes
protecting the intellectual capital arising from the knowledge
assets of the staff, and developing data standards, electronic
tracking, and mapping systems.
- Developing the Forest Science Program Workspace project (FSWorkS),
a web-based database that will provide researchers and managers with
planning, information management, project management, and reporting
functions. The first phase, completed in 2008, identified content
and systems requirements for adequately meeting current and
anticipated user needs. The project is moving ahead with designing
and building the FSWorkS database. The database will support
researchers by facilitating collaboration, information sharing, and
- Participating in the Cross-linked Information Repository Project
(CLIR), led by MoE, to design and implement a central search engine
that allows simultaneous searching of six government databases
located throughout B.C.
- The Ministry
Library has moved to a new
location with more stacks and reading space, and, rest assured,
the same great service!
- Library service
staff responded to more than 21 000 requests for articles and
information in the past fiscal year.
- Library clients accessed over
16 000 articles directly from the electronic journals.
- Library clients and Library
staff conducted over 9400 database searches.
- A directory of
open-access journals is available free through the Ministry Library
website, now with more than 3000 journals.
- The popular
Table of Contents service continues to provide MFR and MoE staff
with access to the tables of contents for scientific journals and
publications of their choice. With over 300 scientific journals and
publications available, library staff send out 2500 to 3000 articles
special topic bibliographies.
Fish and Forestry Interactions in British Columbia
(includes more than 1000 citations, 700 of which are available
electronically, with a searchable database function) and
Mountain Pine Beetle (includes more than 800 citations,
many of which are available electronically). A
Climate Change bibliography is also being developed.
- More than 800
new documents were made available on-line this year, including
historical documents, such as old inventory information (surveys,
area history, and maps) from the 1930s and 1940s, and all Forest
Investment Account–Forest Science Program products and reports.
- Undergoing a
facilitated process to establish criteria for evaluating and
prioritizing maintenance of long-term research installations within
the Forest Science Program.
services to meet client demand for information through
resource-sharing agreements with other libraries (e.g., interlibrary
loans with the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical
Information ) or purchasing licenses to allow all Ministry staff
members (MFR and MoE) access to journals and commercial databases.
- Developing a
suite of extension products for the Forest Science Program,
including new web pages, an Annual Report, a powerpoint
presentation, a brochure, and a compendium of active research
- Revising and
updating the popular
Forest Science Program
Style Guide and Authors Manual, which provides definitive
conventions on citation, spelling, capitalization, abbreviations,
and so much more.
- The Library
podcast site went “live” in April 2007 and provides
access to a variety of podcasts organized by subject or scientific
- MFR Climate
Mitigation Team—committed to reducing the Ministry’s greenhouse gas
emissions and laying the groundwork for actions that will achieve
carbon neutrality in the Ministry’s operations by 2010.
- MoE Science
Sub-Committee—developing a framework for the application of science
in policy, planning, and decision making, as well as monitoring
- Forest Research
Extension Partnership (FORREX), Publications Committee.
Libraries Association, Western Canada Chapter—Research Branch
Library staff serve as the Vancouver Island Directors.
Interior Forest Science Meeting—Technical Communications staff gave
presentations on available client services and support, and the
Knowledge Management Unit staff, as well as presenting, conducted a
site visit to help with the Research Project file organization
presentations at a variety of conferences and meetings, including:
the Forest Science Program Meeting, Ministry of Agriculture and
Lands; and FS Works presentations in Kamloops, Vernon, Nelson,
Nanaimo, Smithers, Prince George, and Victoria.
- Knowledge Management Community of Practices—promoting
inter-agency collaboration in knowledge sharing.
- ePublications Working Group—improving public access to
provincial government publications.
- Provided training and ongoing support to Ministry staff for
updating the Forest Science Program's Every Project (EP) database
used for cataloguing research projects.
For a complete list of series publications click on this [link]
For listings of selected staff publications, go here.
Kabzems, R., S. Dube, M. Curran, B. Chapman, S. Berch, G. Hope, M. Kranabetter, and C. Bulmer. 2011. Maintaining soil productivity in forest biomass chipping operations best management practices for soil conservation. B.C. Min. For. Range, For. Sci. Prog., Victoria, B.C. Exten. Note 98.
BC Ministry of Forests and Range. 2010. TASS: predicting British Columbia's future forest. For. Sci. Prog., Victoria, B.C. Brochure 90
Campbell, D., B. Roberts, J. Schwab, and T. Millard. 2010. Landslides in organic soils on forested slopes. B.C. Min. For. Range, For. Sci. Prog., Victoria, B.C. Exten. Note 99.
Daigle, P.W. and C.C. Dymond. 2010. The carbon conundrum - fire and fuel management in fire-prone forests. B.C. Min. For. Range, For. Sci. Prog., Victoria, B.C. Exten. Note 97.
Nigh, G.D. 2010. An analysis of the sibec site index estimates for Douglas-fir in the CWHxm2/01 site series. B.C. Min. For. Range, For. Sci. Prog., Victoria, B.C. Exten. Note 96.
Krakowski, J. 2010. User-friendly web tool to support silviculture for sitka spruce on the south coast. B.C. Min. For. Range, For. Sci. Prog., Victoria, B.C. Exten. Note 95.
Nigh, G.D. 2010. Amabilis fir height-age and growth intercept models for British Columbia. B.C. Min. For. Range, For. Sci. Prog., Victoria, B.C. Exten. Note 94.
Brockley, R.P. 2010. Assessing the fertilization response potential of subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa): a retrospective study. B.C. Min. For. Range, For. Sci. Prog., Victoria, B.C. Exten. Note 93.
BC Ministry of Forests and Range and BC Ministry of Environment. 2010. Field Manual for Describing Terrestrial Ecosystems - 2nd edition. Forest Science Program, Victoria, B.C. Land Manag. Handb. No. 25.
Pike, R.G., T.E. Redding, R.D. Moore, R.D. Winkler, and K.D. Bladon (editors). 2010. Compendium of forest hydrology and geomorphology in British Columbia. B.C. Min. For. Range, For. Sci. Prog., Victoria, B.C. and FORREX Forum for Research and Extension in Natural Resources, Kamloops, B.C. Land Manag. Handb. 66.
Berch, S.M. and J.M. Kranabetter. 2010. Compatible management of timber and pine mushrooms. B.C. Min. For. Range, For. Sci. Prog., and Cent. Non-Timber Resources, Royal Roads Univ., Victoria, B.C. Land Manag. Handb. 64.
Donald, D.S., F.L. Waterhouse, and P.K. Ott. 2010. Verification of a Marbled Murrelet Habitat Inventory on the British Columbian Central Coast. B.C. Min. For. Range, For. Sci. Prog. and B.C. Min. Environ., Environ. Stewardship. Div., Victoria, B.C. Tech. Rep. 060.
DeLong, S.C. 2010. Land units and benchmarks for developing natural disturbance-based forest management guidance for northeastern British Columbia. B.C. Min. For. Range, For. Sci. Prog., Victoria, B.C. Tech. Rep. 059.
Brockley, R.P. 2010. Effects of intensive fertilization on the foliar nutrition and growth of young lodgepole pine forests in the British Columbia Interior: 12-year results. B.C. Min. For. Range, For. Sci. Prog., Victoria, B.C. Tech. Rep. 058.
Sagar, R.M. and M.J. Waterhouse. 2010. Microclimate studies in uniform shelterwood systems in the Sub-Boreal Spruce zone of central British Columbia. B.C. Min. For. Range, For. Sci. Prog., Victoria, B.C. Tech. Rep. 057.
Sutherland, G.D., J.R. Smith, D.T. O’Brien, F.L. Waterhouse, and A.S. Harestad. 2010. Validation of modelled habitat classifications for the northern spotted owl in British Columbia using patterns of historical occupancy. B.C. Min. For. Range, For. Sci. Prog., Victoria, B.C. Tech. Rep. 056.
B.C. Ministry of Forests and Range. 2009. Forest Science Program
Annual Report 2007–2008. B.C. Min. For. Range, For. Sci. Prog. Victoria,
Klinka, K. and D. Brisco. 2009. Silvics and silviculture of coastal western redcedar: a literature review. B.C. Min. For. Range, For. Sci. Prog., Victoria, B.C. Spec. Rep. Ser. 11.
Nigh, G.D. 2009. Amabilis fir height-age and growth intercept models for British Columbia. B.C. Min. For. Range, For. Sci. Prog., Victoria, B.C. Res. Rep. 30.
Maynard, D.G. and M.P. Curran. 2009. Twenty-year interior spruce tree growth and nutrient levels on calcareous soils in southeastern British Columbia. B.C. Min. For., For. Sci. Prog., Victoria, B.C. Res. Rep. 29.
Rex, J.F., P. Krauskopf, D.A. Maloney, and P.J. Tschaplinski. 2009. Mountain pine beetle and salvage harvesting: small stream and riparian zone response in the Sub-Boreal Spruce zone. B.C. Min. For. Range, For. Sci. Prog., Victoria, B.C. Exten. Note 90.
Waterhouse, M.J. 2009. Silvicultural systems on a deep snowpack, mule deer winter range in the central interior of British Columbia: 10-year update. B.C. Min. For. Range, For. Sci. Prog., Victoria, B.C. Exten. Note 89.
Mitchell, D.A. 2009. Non-timber forest products, tourism, and small-scale forestry: income opportunities and constraints. B.C. Min. For. Range, For. Sci. Prog., and Cent. Non-Timber Resources, Royal Roads Univ., Victoria, B.C. Land Manag. Handb. 63.
Olivotto, G.G. 2009. Understanding non-timber forest products activity on the land base. B.C. Min. For. Range, For. Sci. Prog., and Cent. Non-Timber Resources, Royal Roads Univ., Victoria, B.C. Land Manag. Handb. 62.
Wilford, D.J., M.E. Sakals, W.W. Grainger, T.H. Millard, and T.R.
Giles. 2009. Managing forested watersheds for hydrogeomorphic risks on
fans. B.C. Min. For. Range, Res. Br., Victoria, B.C.
Land Manage. Handb. 61
Campbell, E.M., S.C. Saunders, K.D. Coates, D.V. Meidinger, A. MacKinnon, G.A. O'Neill, D.J. MacKillop, S.C. DeLong, and D.G. Morgan. 2009. Ecological resilience and complexity: a theoretical framework for understanding and managing British Columbia’s forest ecosystems in a changing climate. B.C. Min. For. Range, For. Sci. Prog., Victoria, B.C. Tech. Rep. 055.
Krakowski, J., C. Chourmouzis, A.D. Yanchuk, D. Kolotelo, A. Hamann, and S.N. Aitken. 2009. Forest tree genetic conservation status report 2: genetic conservation status of operational tree species. Centre for Forest Conservation Genetics. Forest Genetics Council of British Columbia, and B.C. Min. For. Range, For. Sci. Prog. Victoria, B.C. Tech. Rep. 054.
Chourmouzis, C., A.D. Yanchuk, A. Hamann, P. Smets, and S.N. Aitken. 2009. Forest tree genetic conservation status report 1: In situ conservation status of all indigenous British Columbia species. Centre for Forest Conservation Genetics, Forest Genetics Council of B.C., and B.C. Min. For. Range, For. Sci. Prog. Victoria, B.C. Tech. Rep. 053.
Brockley, R.P. and P.T. Sanborn. 2009. Effects of repeated fertilization on forest floor and mineral soil properties in young lodgepole pine and spruce forests in central British Columbia. B.C. Min. For. Range, For. Sci. Prog., Victoria, B.C. Tech. Rep. 052.
Heemskerk, B.H., B.J. Rogers, and S.C. DeLong. 2009. Ecosystem and tree attributes affecting the presence of functional wildlife tree types. B.C. Min. For. Range, For. Sci. Prog., Victoria, B.C. Tech. Rep. 051.
King, J.N. and R.I. Alfaro. 2009. Developing Sitka spruce populations for resistance to the white pine weevil: summary of research and breeding program. B.C. Min. For. Range, For. Sci. Prog., Victoria, B.C. Tech. Rep. 050.
de Montigny, L.E. and G.D. Nigh. 2009. Silviculture treatments for ecosystem management in the Sayward (STEMS): establishment report for STEMS 2, Elk Bay. B.C. Min. For. Range, For. Sci. Prog., Victoria, BC. Tech. Rep. 049.
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Updated March 2011