Working in partnership with provincial agencies within the natural resource sector, the Ministry of Forests is responsible for the stewardship of the provincial Crown land base, which covers 94.8 million hectares, and ensures the sustainable management of British Columbia’s forests, wildlife, water, and other land-based resources. The Ministry works with Indigenous and rural communities to support and strengthen a vibrant forest sector.
The Ministry has continued to be committed to an integrated Research Program that provides timely, relevant, high-quality, trusted information and innovative solutions to British Columbia’s complex natural resource sector challenges through research, science, data, and extension work such as guidebooks. The Office of the Chief Forester also manages additional operational research investments in forest carbon, old-growth and climate services, forest genetics, silviculture, and forest practices. Research scientists are distributed throughout Ministry operations at both provincial and regional levels to provide direct linkages between researchers and staff involved in decision-making, policy development, and resource management practices.
Establishing research priorities is a rigorous process that takes into consideration the scale of operations and the dynamic nature of the Ministry’s mandate and provision of services to British Columbia’s public. Annual research priorities are established by the Research Oversight Committee, composed of representatives from regional and provincial operations groups within the Ministry and chaired by the Deputy Chief Forester. Results from research and recommendations based on those findings are essential to informing robust science-informed decision-making. New and existing long-term research installation sites continue to support the development and validation of modelling and decision tools for sustainable forest management.
The Research Program is guided by its Strategic Plan 2021–2024, which defines the program’s vision, values, governance, and strategic goals. The program seeks to maintain excellence in applied research while sustaining an effective and proactive research culture, and to reinforce research knowledge management and extension services.
B.C. Ministry of Forests. 2023. Research Program Annual Report Fiscal Year 2021–2022. Ministry of Forests. Misc. Report (FLNRORD). MR130
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
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