Supporting the contribution of BC’s forest sector to climate change mitigation while maximizing economic value and addressing adaptation.

Two thirds (60 million hectares) of BC land is forested, and vital to wildlife habitat, BC communities and the provincial economy. This project aims to increase the forestry sector’s carbon sink and storage potential through regionally customized forest management strategies that are responsive to climate change projections and support adaptation.
Modelling reveals how various approaches to harvesting, silviculture, stand reestablishment, bioenergy and slash burning can alter GHG balances. This project also demonstrates the GHG mitigation opportunities to substitute long-lived timber products for emission-intensive steel, concrete or plastics.

Big Five Project:  Began July, 2014 / Project Duration: Five years, extended

Research Partners

Principal Investigators

Werner Kurz

Principal Investigator, Senior Research Scientist, Natural Resources Canada

Carolyn Smyth

Research Scientist, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada


Caren Dymond

Caren Dymond

Forest Carbon and Climate Change Researcher, Government of British Columbia

Zach Xu

Zehn (Zach) Xu

Economist, Climate Change Policy, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada

Sheng Xie’s

Sheng Xie

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Forest Resources Management, UBC

Nicholas Coops

Canada Research Chair in Remote Sensing, Department of Forest Resources Management

Tony Lemprière

Senior manager of Climate Change Policy, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada

Tongli Wang

Associate Director, Centre for Forest Conservation Genetics


Ben Hudson

Masters candidate with the PICS Forest Carbon Management Project

Solution Seekers

  • Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
  • Natural Resources Canada