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University Research Forests

Bruce Larson AB, MFS, PhD Chair, Research Forests Advisory Committee 604.822.1284

THE FACULTY OF FORESTRY OPERATES 2 Research Forests: The Malcolm Knapp Research Forest near Maple Ridge on the coast, and the Alex Fraser Research Forest near Williams Lake in the central interior of BC. By mutual agreement, this year marked the end of UBC’s official participation in the Aleza Lake Research Forest Society, which now manages the Aleza Lake Research Forest solely on behalf of UNBC. The mission of the UBC Research Forests is to support the Faculty of Forestry, other partner universities and research organizations in serving the people of BC through teaching and research. This is accomplished by hosting research from a variety of disciplines in order to create teaching opportunities for students from UBC, other post-secondary institutions and continuing education programs. The location of the forests, covering 8 diverse biogeoclimatic subzones and 3 tenure systems, offers a variety of research and education opportunities.

MALCOLM KNAPP FOREST Paul Lawson BSF, MBA, RPF Director, University Research Forests

Cheryl Power BSF, RPF Resident Forester

ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2012 – 13 • Initiated 10 new research projects. • Employed 2 forestry undergraduate students on 4-month internships and 1 forestry graduate student on 8-month internship. • Decreased timber harvest to 30,042 m3, (down 9% from 2011). • Hosted Loon Lake facility use of 16,837 overnight stays in 2012 (down 10% from 2011). • Revised Loon Lake website and employed a part time sales representative. • Hosted the Faculty’s Spring Field School in April and Conservation Field School in October. • Participated in teaching of Master of Sustainable Management Program both at the Knapp Forest and at UBC campus. • Hosted over 400 children and 300 volunteers at the 9th annual Canadian Cancer Society Camp Goodtimes held at Loon Lake. • Constructed one new 11 meter span permanent bridge over Spring Creek. • Completed installation of 5.5 km of 100 mm diameter natural gas line to Loon Lake and converted all propane appliances in time for heating season. • Milled over 362,000 board feet of lumber at our sawmill facility, an increase of 1% from 2011. • Completed silviculture surveys on 114 ha, brushing and deer protection installation on 23 ha, and planting of 54,486 trees on 34.4 ha. • Completed a feasibility study and costing for installation of bioenergy heat and power at Loon Lake.

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• Upgraded fire preparedness, suppression and detection equipment and infrastructure. • Re-measured 1957 Douglas-fir Provenance Trials. • Maintained full time staff at 4.

PLANS FOR 2013 – 14 • Increase Loon Lake visitor days by 4%. • Employ 2 undergraduate and 2 graduate students for 4 month internships. • Decrease timber harvest levels 10% to 29,000 m3. • Supervise construction of new 500KV power line on 7 kilometer Right-of-Way through the Knapp Forest • Prepare and submit a Woodlot License Plan for Woodlot 37. • Complete a carbon management strategy for the Forest. • Complete fundraising and begin construction of the new Loon Lake Dining Hall. • Complete an update of the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest Management Plan. • Hire 1 additional full time staff member as Assistant Operations Manager. • Measure 2005 High Density Silviculture experiment for the first time. • Plan for inprovements to the silviculture demonstration area (teaching and learning enhancement fund supported)

UBC Forestry Annual Report 2012  

The Faculty of Forestry Annual Report for 2012.

UBC Forestry Annual Report 2012  

The Faculty of Forestry Annual Report for 2012.