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Ken Byrne

MSFM Program Coordinator

Forest Sciences Centre 2610
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

work phone: 778-688-2105

Research Areas:

I am a professional forester with a background in natural disturbance modelling and extensive practice implementing research in forest operations. Topics of particular interest include harvesting and silviculture system modelling, adapting to the impacts of climate change and leveraging technologies in the forest sector. I enjoy sharing these passions and embrace continuous improvement in teaching for the benefit of students beginning their careers in forestry.

Selected Publications

Pavel, M., K.E. Byrne, J-P. Gaudreau, P. Meek, D. Belyea (2021). Operational Manual for Commercial Thinning in British Columbia. FPInnovations. Manual.
Byrne, K.E. and P.F. Dyson (2018). A model for estimating Douglas-fir bark volume. FPInnovations. Info Note 16.
Byrne, K.E. (2018). Spatial planning tools for partial harvesting. FPInnovations. Info Note 4.
Byrne, K.E. (2017). Leveraging the power of on-board computer files in CTL machines. FPInnovations. Info Note 18.
Byrne, K.E. (2017). Applications of LiDAR-based models to reduce commercial thinning costs in mule deer winter range stands. FPInnovations. Technical Report 42.
Byrne, K.E., C. Koszman and K. Blackburn (2016). Southstar grapple processor review. FPInnovations. Info Note 19.
Byrne, K.E. (2016). Comparison of harvesting system costs on variable slopes in the Alberta foothills. FPInnovations. Technical Report 26.
Byrne, K.E. (2016). Grapple processor trials and evaluations on Vancouver Island: benchmarking, comparisons and implementation. FPInnovations. Technical Report 25.
Byrne, K.E. (2016). A comparison of four harvesting and biomass utilization systems in northern British Columbia. FPInnovations. Research Report.
Li, Y., K.E. Byrne, and C. Ristea (2016). Traceability concepts for wood fibre across supply chains: investigation traceability system to track logs from stump to product. FPInnovations. Research Report.
Byrne, K.E. (2016). Three methods of sorting logs in a small-wood harvesting operation: productivities and costs. FPInnovations. Advantage Report Vol. 17, No. 1.
Byrne, K.E. (2016). Sustainable partial cutting in constrained ungulate habitat in Canadian Institute of Forestry Electronic Lecture Series
Byrne, K.E. (2015). Implementation of intensive quality control to maximize log value. FPInnovations. Technical Report 33.
Byrne, K.E. (2015). Cost and recovery of harvesting severe windthrow in MPB stands. FPInnovations. Advantage Report Vol. 16, No. 1.
Byrne, K.E., C. Rittich, M. Partington (2015). Evaluation of three timber-harvesting systems in northern Alberta: minimizing compaction and rutting in soft soils during summer harvesting. FPInnovations. Technical Report 2.
Byrne, K.E. and S.J. Mitchell (2013). Testing of WindFIRM/ForestGALES_BC: A hybrid-mechanistic model for predicting windthrow in partially harvested stands. Forestry 86 (2): 185-199
Byrne, K.E. and S.J. Mitchell (2011). Mechanistic modelling of windthrow in spatially complex mixed species stands in British Columbia in IUFRO Conference on Wind and Trees, Athens, GA, USA.
Byrne, K.E. (2010). Integrative tools for windthrow management and their applications in the urban forest in Tree Biomechanics Week. International Society of Arboriculture, Shalersville, Ohio, USA.
Zielke, K., B. Bancroft, K.E. Byrne and S.J. Mitchell (2010). BCTS WINDTHROW MANUAL: A Compendium of Information and Tools for Understanding, Predicting and Managing Windthrow on the BC Coast. BC Timber Sales, Victoria, BC.
Byrne, K.E. (2009). Mechanistic windthrow modelling and its applications for arborists and urban foresters in Spring Urban Forestry Symposium. BC Landscape and Nursery Association, Vancouver, Canada.
Byrne, K.E. (2008). Windfirm: A spatial mechanistic windthrow risk model in International Windthrow Researchers Workshop. UK Forestry Commission, Roslin, Scotland.
Gardiner, B., K. E. Byrne, S. Hale, K. Kamimura, S. J. Mitchell, H. Peltola, and J.-C. Ruel (2008). A Review of Mechanistic Modelling of Wind Damage Risk to Forests. Forestry 81: 447-463
Di Lucca, C. M., S. J. Mitchell, K. E. Byrne, and T. Shannon (2007). Linking TASS and ForestGALES_BC to assess the windthrow yield losses after variable retention harvesting. BC Ministry of Forests, Research Branch, Victoria, BC.
Byrne, K. E., S. J. Mitchell, C. M. Di Lucca, and T. Shannon. 2007 (2007). Integrating ForestGALES_BC with the TASS/TIPSY growth and yield model in IUFRO Conference on Wind and Trees, Vancouver, Canada.
Byrne, K.E. and S.J. Mitchell (2007). Overturning resistance of western redcedar and western hemlock in mixed species stands in coastal British Columbia. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 37:931-939.
Byrne, K. E. and S. J. Mitchell. 2006 (2006). Overturning resistance of western redcedar and western hemlock in mixed species stands in coastal British Columbia in 5th Plant Biomechanics Conference, Stockholm, Sweden.
Di Lucca, C. M., S. J. Mitchell, and K. E. Byrne (2006). Using TIPSY to evaluate windthrow effects on regeneration in variable retention harvests. BC Ministry of Forests and Range, Extension Note 77, Victoria, Canada.
Vollsinger, S., S.J. Mitchell, K. Byrne, M. Rudnicki and M. D. Novak (2005). Wind tunnel measurements of crown streamlining and drag relationships for several hardwood species. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 35:1238-1249.