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Strategic plan for forest and range soils research and extension in British Columbia

Author(s) or contact(s): M.P. Curran, S.M. Berch, C.E. Bulmer, G.D. Hope, J.M. Kranabetter, P. Sanborn, R.P. Brockley, and D.L. Spittlehouse
Source: Forest Science Program
Subject: Soil Conservation
Series: Working Paper
Other details:  Published 2000. Hardcopy is available.


This strategic plan describes goals, objectives, strategies, and knowledge gaps for the forest soil research and extension program in British Columbia. The program addresses government (public) and forest industry priorities related to soil conservation and sustainable forest development. It is consistent with the strategies and plans of the B.C. Ministry of Forests Research Program at provincial and regional levels and other agencies' plans and programs such as Forest Renewal BC's Strategic Plan.

Coordinated implementation of the soil research and extension program will promote synergy and reduce potential for duplication of effort, resulting in financial savings and more timely and applicable results. This will be facilitated through the formation of a technical subcommittee on British Columbia forest soils that will include members of government agencies, universities, industry, consultants, non-governmental organizations, extension partnerships and interested public.

A key theme of this strategy is the recognition that the longer-term knowledge gaps include the need to demonstrate good land stewardship and sustainable forest management within the environment of increased scrutiny of government policy, legislation, and permit approvals related to forestry. To this end, the maintenance and establishment of long-term research and operational trials are vital to achieving the goals presented herein.

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Updated November 05, 2009