Assessing Economic, Policy, and Institutional Barriers to Successful Forest Restoration in the Interior Douglas-fir Zone

This research project will explore what barriers -- economics, policy, or otherwise -- exist to restoring unhealthy Douglas-fir forests in central British Columbia. These forests have reached a state where it is currently not feasible for timber companies to make any profit from harvesting timber in those stands, which only serves to worsen the problem. In order to find a solution, not only do the barriers need to be identified, but also the risks of both action and non-action.

The application of Dried Blood Spot samples to Nutraceutical Metabolomics studies and related applications using LCMS based detection

The current approach for testing compounds of interest in blood such as drugs or nutrients involves drawing blood samples into vials that then require refrigeration prior to testing. Since transportation to remote laboratories is challenging, people need to go into medical labs to have their blood tested. This research will develop improved techniques that enable blood samples to be collected from a finger prick onto a specially designed card that eliminates biohazards and makes the sample stable at room temperature so that it could be mailed or sent by courier to a lab.

Capacity Building for Competitiveness in Aboriginal forestry Year Two

This project recognizes the significant business challenges First Nations forestry enterprises face which have the effect of limiting the benefits to First Nations from forests (Wellstead and Stedman 2010). There is limited awareness of the conditions that affect the success and failure of Aboriginal enterprises in the forest sector (Trosper et al 2008).

Investigating the use of public food forests in urban food systems planning

Public food forests can be an important way to increase urban resilience, sustainability, and food security. The food forest, or forest garden, is an edible landscape designed for food production. This research investigates how publicly-accessible urban food forests are currently being utilized to enhance food production and resilience. By reviewing existing examples, this research seeks to identify key models for design, participatory decision-making, and ongoing management of food forests on public land.

Unpaved forest roads as a source of suspended sediment in the Honna River watershed

The Honna River is the drinking water source for the Village of Queen Charlotte (pop. 950), and is also important salmon habitat. Sediment from unpaved forest roads near the river may be entering the channel in significant quantities, reducing water quality. In two previous internships, intern David Reid implemented a channel reach-scale study of all sediment sources in the Honna River in an effort to collect data regarding the quantity of sediment contributed from the road, and also regarding how this quantity compares to natural sediment sources.

Capacity Building for Competitiveness in Aboriginal forestry

This project recognizes the significant business challenges First Nations forestry enterprises face which have the effect of limiting the benefits to First Nations from forests (Wellstead and Stedman 2010). There is limited awareness of the conditions that affect the success and failure of Aboriginal enterprises in the forest sector (Trosper et al 2008).

Vulnérabilité des forêts et des activités forestières aux changements climatiques

Les feux de forêts naturels sont les perturbations majeures à la base de la dynamique végétale boréale. Les changements climatiques induiront une augmentation des régimes de perturbations. Les régimes de perturbations, la structure et la composition forestière pourraient se diriger vers une variabilité naturelle différente de celle connue précédemment.

Développent d’outils innovateurs pour la caractérisation du bois et de la fibre du bois et leur impact sur la rentabilité financière des travaux d’aménagement forestier intensif

L’aménagement forestier intensif est parmi les alternatives pour assurer la pérennité des ressources pour l’industrie forestière. Cependant, peu d’information est disponible sur les effets de ces pratiques sur la qualité du bois et la valeur des produits. Ce manque d’information est dû à la nature destructive des essais de caractérisation des propriétés du bois. Ainsi, ce projet vise à développer des outils rapides et non destructifs pour mesurer les implications des pratiques d’aménagement forestier intensif sur les indicateurs de la qualité du bois et sur la valeur des produits.

Mycorrhizae in Salmon Forests

Salmon are an iconic and economically valuable species whose life history bridges both the sea, where they live as adults, and inland waterways where they spawn. Their yearly migrations and subsequent deaths fertilize the forests, and signals of this subsidy can be seen in vegetation, insect and bird life. What has been little studied, however, are the below-ground dynamics of this seasonal nutrient flux.

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