JOINT MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF FORESTER AND THE ASSISTANT DEPUTY MINISTER, OPERATIONS
The Forest Science Program is an important expression of the Ministry of Forests' commitment to seek innovative solutions to the complex forest management challenges in British Columbia. This annual report provides an overview to senior managers in government, industry and forest agencies, and to stakeholders and the public about the performance of their investments in the program. The report informs a wide readership - locally, nationally and internationally - about forest science activities that are being carried out in the Forest Science Program .
After an eight-year hiatus following the 1991/92 Research Program Annual Review, this report presents current work and acts as a bridge to work done in the recent past. It emphasizes results of the Forest Science Program and their application to forest and range resource management in B.C. A feature of this and future reports will be to showcase topical areas of research being done by the Forest Science Program; this year's report highlights three integrated research sites where silvicultural systems are being studied.
Research Branch and regional forest science staff play a unique role on the front lines of policy development and operational forest and range resource management. Through teamwork and partnerships with other forest science groups, they add external resources to their own capabilities in addressing the province's high-priority needs and opportunities. We rely a great deal on the credible technical and professional advice and information that our science staff provide - everything from managed stand yield estimates for the Timber Supply Review, to expert opinions on watershed assessment procedures, stand density management guidelines, and weight scale sampling.
Forest management today is complex, and subject to ever - increasing demands from multiple interests, all of whom have dramatically different visions of how forests should be used, managed and conserved for the public. We look to our researchers and technical specialists, working in close cooperation with their counterparts in academia, other agencies and the private sector, to provide new insights and innovative solutions to help the forest sector move forward successfully into the new millennium.
Annual report 1998-1999 (1016 KB)
Annual report 1998-1999 (1027 KB)
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Updated July 24, 2015