Forestry is an important employer in British Columbia. In addition to ecological impacts on forests, climate change in BC will have impacts on the social and economic activities around the forestry sector. In addition to exploring how BC’s 55 million hectares of forests will be impacted by climate change, this project will focus on approaches that can contribute to reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
This project will design, evaluate and recommend potential climate change mitigation strategies comprised of activities aimed at reducing GHG emissions and increasing sinks through forest management, afforestation, forest conservation and through the use of harvested wood products that can both store carbon and displace emissions-intensive materials such as concrete and steel, and displace fossil fuels used in heating and transportation. The project will evaluate impacts on GHG balances, the associated costs of mitigation activities, as well as other socio-economic indicators. The project will involve stakeholders in government, industry, ENGOs, First Nations, and the public. The project team will include experts from universities and federal and provincial governments.
Project lead: Dr. Werner Kurz, Senior Research Scientist, Natural Resources Canada
- Scientists: Thriving BC forests outpace pine-beetle CO2 losses by 2020
- Can BC forests help keep climate change in check?
- BC forests capturing carbon again - CBC Quirks and Quarks
- B.C.'s beetle-gnawed, carbon spewing forests recovering quickly, says researcher - Vancouver Metro
- Bruce Kenyon interviews Dr. Werner Kurz on impacts to BC forests from mountain pine beetle - CHRQ News Talk 770
- Growth Of BC Forests Should Out-Pace Pine Beetle Losses By 2020 - The ECOReport
- British Columbia's forests once affected by beetle epidemic are recovering - maine news online
- Global warming induced ‘fertilization effect’ causing B.C.’s forests to grow back faster than expected - The National Post
- B.C.'s beetle-gnawed, carbon spewing forests recovering quickly, says researcher - The Province
- B.C.’s mountain pine beetle-ravaged forests quickly on the mend: UVic study - Global News
- Journal: Forest carbon mitigation policy: A policy gap analysis for British Columbia. Forest Policy and Economics.
- Journal: Potential near-future carbon uptake overcomes losses from a large insect outbreak in British Columbia, Canada. Geophysical Research Letters.
- The potential contribution of British Columbia’s forest sector to greenhouse gas emission reduction targets: Final Report from PICS Workshop– December 16-17 2013 Laurel Point Inn, Victoria, BC