May 7, 2020
Managing urban landscapes is one of the greatest challenges we face this century. Globally, 60% of the area expected to be urban by 2030 has yet to be built. The effects of this urbanization will undoubtedly reach far beyond the physical boundaries of cities. Accompanied by increased competition for land, unequal distribution of wealth, and often unplanned expansion of urban infrastructure and services, urbanization is also exposing more people to cumulative natural and human-made disturbances, such as floods, wildfires, and heat waves. The state of urban ecosystems and the wellbeing of urban dwellers will greatly depend on the way cities anticipate and prepare for rapid change in the next decade. Urban forests have an important role to play, and considerable scientific effort has focused on their potential to maintain, and improve, urban quality of life.
April 17, 2020
In order to advance decision making in operational planning, it is vital that forestry professionals use the most advanced tools and technologies. The lack of an intuitive and unified visual analytics platform prevents forestry stakeholders from fully exploiting the potential of data-driven decision-making, and is a barrier to effective multi-objective forest planning across large landscapes. To address this challenge, the Faculty joined forces with LamaZoo, Interfor, and FPInnovations to develop TimberOps, an immersive visual analytics platform to improve operational planning and decision making in forest resource management.
February 28, 2020
During the 2017 lightning-ignited fires in the Alex Fraser Research Forest, a 10,000-hectare parcel of crown land managed by the Faculty of Forestry to provide teaching and research opportunities. Resources and equipment were immediately deployed to suppress the fires. This included the construction of fireguards, areas strategically cleared of trees and other vegetation that serve as barriers around the perimeter of a wildfire. Fireguards work to stop a fire’s spread by removing all sources of fuel.
February 4, 2020
Finding research-based solutions to decide on the best reforestation practices in regions experiencing dryer and warmer conditions.
December 16, 2019
Forest products are expanding beyond conventional wood, pulp, and paper products to include high-performance cellulose-based materials.
May 2, 2018
In a world that is rapidly changing, conventional interventions in forestry and conservation may not be sufficient to conserve species of interest, and/or to maintain productive forests. Thus, some scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers have called for novel interventions such as the assisted migration of trees.
January 18, 2018
Cumulative Effects are changes to the environmental, social and economic values – caused by the combined effect of past, present and potential future human activities & natural processes.
January 31, 2017
After years of planning and preparation, and with permission from the First Nations House of Learning, the Musqueam people, and the Haida people, Bill Reid’s Looplex X has finally found a home in the Forest Sciences Centre.