Virtual Seminar Series: Upcoming Schedule

For the 2020-21 season, the BVRC Seminar Series has gone virtual. All current BVRC members will receive an email link to access the biweekly Zoom webinars. We will be creating a BVRC YouTube Channel in order to archive these webinars and provide access to them after the fact. Stay tuned!

Here's a preview of the presentation topics we have lined up until the end of 2020:

  • Wednesday, November 4th @ 12:00pm: Working Across Difference in Natural Resource Management with Christine Fletcher
  • Wednesday, November 18th @ 12:00pm: Bridges to Fish: Some Recent Findings from the Forest Practices Board with Kevin Kriese
  • Wednesday, December 2nd @ 12:00pm: Bee Ecology with Tyler Kelly

As always, these events are open to the general public, but non-members will need to email for the link.

BVRC Wildfire Research

The BVRC is leading a research and extension program designed to help determine best management practices to reduce the negative impacts of wildfire in northern and central BC. Research lead by Sam Coggins (Research Associate) and Phil Burton (UNBC) is focused on better understanding implications of forest practices (e.g. harvesting, reforestation) for wildfire risk. Kira Hoffman (Research Associate) is leading research on disturbance regimes and how best to utilize prescribed fire and Indigenous fire stewardship to reduce wildfire risk. Alana Clason (Research Associate) has focused her research on post-wildfire regeneration and carbon dynamics after wildfires. Evelyn Hamilton and others, including Sybille Haeussler, analyzed data from BC to better understand responses of understory vegetation to fire. Alana is also leading research focused on the response of whitebark pine and moose browse species to wildfire.

This research is being done in partnership with universities, government, and First Nations. Funding has been provided by the BC government through BC Wildfire Service, the Skeena Region, and the Ecosystem Restoration program, as well as by CFS, FCI, FESBC, SERNbc, HCTF, BC Parks, National Geographic, Canada Summer Jobs, and EcoCanada.

Watch for more information in future newsletters and a BVRC seminar presentation in 2021.

2020 Irving Fox Scholarship Recipient

We are pleased to announce that Carl Jefferies has been awarded the 2020 BVRC Irving Fox Memorial Scholarship for Natural and Cultural Resources Research and Management.

Carl is pursuing a Master of Science degree at UNBC in the Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Graduate Program. His proposed research will explore landscape characteristics that promote ungulate populations by identifying anthropogenic influences on habitat quality and moose health. Read more about Carl HERE.

The BVRC Irving Fox Memorial Scholarship for Natural and Cultural Resources Research and Management is awarded annually to a student from northwestern British Columbia or a student enrolled in or entering studies in natural and cultural resources research and/or management in northwestern British Columbia.

Cultivating Resilience during the Climate Crisis

UBC Reads Sustainability is back with A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety!

Co-presented by UBC Sustainability Initiative, the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, and Thrive, tune in for a remote discussion with author Sarah Jaquette Ray who has drawn from ten years’ experience leading and teaching in college environmental studies programs to create an “existential toolkit” for the climate generation.

DATE: November 5, 2020
TIME: 3:00pm - 4:30pm via Zoom

To attend this webinar, register here.

UNBC NRESi Colloquium Series

The Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute (NRESi) hosts an online Colloquium that provides a forum for sharing information and facilitating discussion on a wide-range of perspectives on natural resource management issues. The Colloquium is presented weekly during the fall and winter semesters and BVRC members are invited to attend! 

We will be sharing info about each event in the series via email and on the BVRC Facebook Page. For more information about NRESi and the Colloquium Series, click here.

LANDIS-II 2020 Training Workshop

For anyone interested in learning more about forest and climate change modelling using LANDIS-II, the Foundation is offering a training workshop in December. This online training opportunity is open to students, forest analysts, modellers, and managers.


LANDIS-II 2020 Training Workshop
Dec 1st, 3rd, 8th, & 10th, 2020
8am – 12pm PT via Zoom

To register, contact Robert Scheller at

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