Trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.) is an increasingly important commercial species in BC. Aspen from the Fort Nelson TSA exhibits phenotypic superiority compared to other BC aspen. The reason(s) for the superiority is unknown. Collections will be made from superior populations and clones within populations in BC, AB and NWT to establish seed source (provenance) trials. Findings from this trial will be significance for aspen management across the western Boreal forest. Combined, the results and actions will help direct future Boreal forest management decisions, lay the foundation for a tree improvement program, and ultimately permit better management of the species. With the recent increase in deciduous utilization in these TSAs, the potential for resource conflict will increase. The research will examine interactions between range and forest tenure holders and provide a basis for economic assessment of selected management inputs. The proposed research will be instrumental in reducing the uncertainty in resource management decisions. The approach proposed will significantly increase the credibility of management decisions and policy recommendations for both industries Chris Hawkins.
Hawkins, Christopher David, University of Northern British Columbia. 2003. Genecology of trembling aspen in northern and central British Columbia: annual operational report (2002/2003). Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2003MR285
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Populus, Tremuloides, Genetics
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