Block Head


            Planting finished over a month ago, but the residue lingers. Tendonitis in my right wrist, for instance, flares any time I so much as touch a tennis racquet. For a while I had a terribly imbalanced tan (dark upper body, pasty bottom half), but August’s sun cured that. I still catch myself considering a price tag in terms of trees—a tank of gas is a bag-up, rent is a good day’s wage. These effects come and go, but the deepest stain from my five-month planting season has been neurological: my brain is tough as a callous.

Fighting Alien Invasions with Phytosanitary Standards


Alien invasions have ignited our imaginations for more than a century. H.G. Wells’ 1898 novel “The War of the Worlds” sparked near panic when it was famously adapted into an American radio drama by Orson Welles in the 1930s. It later became one of the first alien invasion films of the 1950s. The popularity of such films continues to the present day, with movie-goers flocking to see films like “Alien”, “Independence Day” and “Prometheus,” proving our continued fascination with creatures who wreak havoc on our world.


New Zeland's Permanent Forest Sink Initiative- Experiences from a functioning carbon forestry mechanism


The Importance of reforestation mechanisms

The world is struggling in the fight against climate change. Efforts to maintain, let alone improve, a Kyoto type agreement are faltering while greenhouse gas (GHG) levels continue to rise along the worst case business as usual scenario.

Gold Standard and FSC land-use powerhouse has high relevance for Canadian forest sector


The carbon market plays an increasingly important role in the forestry sector, but its history is dynamic. As far back as the 1990´s the first afforestation projects were initiated with the aim of capturing the carbon resulting from the burning of fossil fuels.

Summer 2012 Issue Now Available


Silviculture Magazine

June 29

WSCA Report: B.C. Land Use and Timber Supply: We Need a Better Conversation


B.C.’s forest and range ecosystems are far more complex and subtle than the arguments we have over how to manage them. The current dispute centred on the recently leaked government timber supply document is a case in point. Politicians’ consideration of logging in what critics describes as forest preserves has quickly led to two opposing and simplistic positions. To propose logging sensitive areas to mitigate timber supply is driven by short-term thinking.

Second Growth: black spruce forests provide fibre and caribou habitat in northwestern Ontario


When I got my start in forestry, as a tree planter in Alberta and BC, the only black spruce I saw was in the swamp.  As a student at the University of Alberta and later working as a forester in BC, black spruce was a species we never really talked about.  Who would want such a slow growing runt of a tree?  Towering lodgepole pine, Douglas fir and white spruce were generally the silvicultural objective.  That all changed when I moved to Northwestern Ontario to begin my research career.  Here black spruce grows bigger than anywhere in North America, and dominates or s

Worker Fatigue


As the rest of the world prepares for BBQ’s and hitting the beach, the silviculture industry is just hitting its stride.  Many companies have avoided snow or weather delays and had a good start to the season, allowing for full days of uninterrupted work and contracts finishing on time.  It’s the ideal scenario for keeping clients and planters happy – and supervisors busy.  Now is a good time to consider how to keep the momentum going and avoid some common issues with fatigue.