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