Coast Forest Region Research Section - Silviculture


Silviculture is the practice of controlling forest establishment, composition, and growth. Silviculture is an applied science that requires a synthesis of knowledge about forest dynamics, mensuration, ecology, plant physiology, soils and entomology. It is in the practice of silviculture that much of the scientific knowledge about forests is applied.

Silviculture research is an important component of the Ministry of Forest's commitment to the sustainable management of BC's forests and the Coast Forest Region Research Section has been a leader in silviculture research for many decades. By improving our understanding of the impacts of silvicultural practices on tree growth and forest dynamics, we provide forest managers with the tools and information to make sound resource management decisions.



Dr. Rod Negrave, P.Ag., RPF Research Manager Tel:(250) 751-7160

Rod's areas of responsibility include research in hardwood management, forest fire ecology, alternative and conventional silvicultural systems; and the provision of consulting and training services to districts. Current interests include variable retention applications; the ecology and silviculture of redcedar and yellow cedar; implications of single-tree and small-opening logging and the influence of management systems on coastal ecosystems.  Serves on provincial soil conservation working group and hardwood research cooperative.