Coast Forest Region Research Section
"...to help provide innovative
solutions to high priority forest management
problems in British Columbia and to
advance resource stewardship based on
The Coast (formerly Vancouver) Region
of the B.C. Forest Service employs a
core team of researchers to study all
aspects of forest management in the
region. Other regions in the province
employ similar groups.
The Coast Region research team is
a multi-disciplinary group of scientists
engaged in applied research, training
and consultation in support of district
and regional forest service operations.
The group covers a wide range of disciplines
including forest ecology, wildlife habitat
ecology, hydrology, soil science, geomorphology
and silviculture systems.
The research and extension conducted
by the research section helps provide
the knowledge to ensure the use of appropriate
forest management practices for long-term
sustainable forest management. It directly
supports long term Goal 1 of the Ministry,
- Conserve and restore biodiversity
of forests and grassland ecosystems;
- Ensure forest and range management
maintains water quality and quantity;
- Ensure forest and range management
maintains soil quality and quantity.
The Coast Forest Region Research
section is a member of the
Forest Research Extension Partnership
(FORREX) (formerly known as the Southern
Interior Forest Research and Extension
partnership). This cooperative organization
was renamed to reflect its expansion
to encompass the coastal area delineated
by the Coast Forest Region boundary.
Funding for the research conducted
by members of the group comes from a
variety of sources. Research project
funding is based on ministry base funding
Forest Investment Account (FIA).
FIA is a provincial government mechanism
for promoting sustainable forest management
in British Columbia. The
Forest Science Program is one of
seven areas of FIA investment and is
administered by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Other funds partially or wholly external
to the ministry e.g.
South Moresby Forest Replacement Account
(SMFRA) also provide funding for projects.
- Sutherland et al. 2007.
A Framework to Support Landscape
Analyses of Habitat Supply and
Effects on Populations of
Forest-dwelling Species: A Case
Study Based on the Northern
- Hudson and Horel, 2007
An operational method of assessing hydrologic recovery for Vancouver Island and south coastal BC
This report aims to integrate the results
of coastal hydrologic recovery research
into a unified method of determining hydrologic recovery of coastal
- Waterhouse et al. 2007
Assessing habitat quality of Marbled Murrelet nest sites on the Queen Charlotte Islands/Haida Gwaii, by algorithm, air photo interpretation,and aerial survey methods
Although this report focuses on the Queen Charlotte Islands/Haida Gwaii
the general interpretations from the results are applicable
throughout the Marbled Murrelet's
- Muir, Hennon and Negrave, 2007
Biology, ecology, and management of Western Hemlock Dwarf Mistletoe in Coastal British Columbia: A synthesis of the literature
This report synthesizes the considerable research and data,
both published and unpublished, concerning the biology, ecology, and management
of western hemlock dwarf mistletoe in an effort to assist natural resource professionals,
land managers, and scientists in dealing with the challenges of managing hemlock dwarf mistletoe.
- Campbell, Roberts, Schwab and Millard, 2010.
Landslides in Organic Soils on Forested Slopes
To promote awareness about land
slides in organic soils on gentle
through moderately steep slopes,
provide details on site conditions
- associated with landslides in organic soils, and provide alternative management
- strategies to manage the risk associated with road construction and timber harvesting in areas in which organic landslides could occur.
- Todd, 2009
Biodiversity and Wildlife
Habitat Considerations for
This document was prepared for the Silviculture Working Group (SWG) of the Coast Region Implementation Team (CRIT), to provide preliminary considerations for biodiversity and wildlife habitat values during their development of a discussion paper on opportunity harvesting in the Coast Forest Region.
- Negrave and Stewart, 2010
Silviculture Practices for Enhancing Old Forest Stand Structure in Red- and Blue-Listed Plant Communities in the CDFmm: Interim Document
This document has been prepared and released as an interim document to provide guidance to practicing
professional foresters who are tasked with preparing plans and prescriptions for clients with tenure
under the Forest Act in the Coastal Douglas-fir biogeoclimatic zone (CDFmm). These foresters are
tasked with professional responsibilities for developing plans and prescriptions on crown land which
balance the needs and tenure rights of their clients with that of public expectations and species at risk.