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2011 — Future Forest Ecosystems Initiative, Province of BC

The Future Forest Ecosystems Initiative is part of British Columbia's forest and range management framework for maintaining and enhancing the resilience and productivity of BC’s ecosystems under climate change. The initiative funded a number of technical reports, educational events and projects.

Province of British Columbia

This site offers forest managers helpful information on climate change adaptation. There are news bulletins and information in three major sections:

  • Forest policy and guidance elements that form part of the BC forest management framework
  • Tools designed for immediate use by forest managers in adapting to climate change, such as Stand Establishment Decision Aids (SEDAs) and forest health change detection risk (hazard/severity) maps
  • Information on climate adaptation in forest management. Included, for example, is the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for BC, which is an overview of climate change impacts to water, soil, wildlife and forested ecosystems in BC.

2012 – Department of Forest Resources Management, University of British Columbia

This report provides insights into how climate change will affect the rivers and forests in the San Jose Watershed in the Cariboo region of British Columbia over the next 100 years, and how communities can use this information to plan for the future. The study focused on how climate will affect two interacting aspects of the environment: forests and water. Changes in temperature, snowfall and rainfall will influence the amount of water available in rivers and creeks in the San Jose Watershed, with subsequent effects on forest species composition and distribution, timber volume, timber value, forest fire frequency and area burned. These shifts in the forest will cause changes in peak river flows, river flow volumes and seasonal availability of water. The report makes a number of helpful findings for future management, and flags the need for more information on water use, water flows and groundwater.

Ministry of Forest Lands and Natural Resource Operations

This website toolkit offers links to state-of the art science, modelling, seminars, initiatives and publications focused on adapting forest management to climate change in British Columbia.

2012 – FORREX (Series 28)

The most demonstrable effects of climate change may be shifts in natural disturbance regimes. A major challenge facing natural resource managers and policymakers in BC will be adapting post-disturbance land management decisions and activities to address these shifts. This FORREX series offers a synthesis of the best available research and experiential and traditional ecological knowledge on the impacts and responses to forest successional patterns, watershed processes, biodiversity and wildlife, forest carbon, and human values (economic, social, and cultural) and communities including First Nations.

2012 – World Wildlife Fund Canada, Brinkman Forest Ltd, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and others

The Lower Skeena Adaptation Toolkit is an online audio-visual slide presentation developed to assist communities of the Lower Skeena adapt to climate change impacts, with a focus on the management of forests, fish and watersheds in a changing climate. The toolkit is part of a two-year project “Climate Change Adaptation Planning for Northwest Skeena Communities.”

2012 – City of Prince George

To help identify and plan for the impacts of climate change, the City of Prince George worked on a planning process in partnership with University of Northern BC (UNBC), the Fraser Basin Council and many others. The City incorporated adaptation into the myPG sustainability plan and the Official Community Plan.

This video series offers an overview of the work and some of the key focus areas: forests, ecosystems, transportation and flood:

For related resources, see also Adapting to Climate Change in Prince George and a Fraser Basin Council case study.

2012-2014 — Canadian Council of Forest Ministers

The Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM) have worked together on sustainable forest management (SFM) under climate change. The CCFM produced two major reports in 2010, followed by a series of guides and vulnerability assessment tools and techniques designed for forest management decision-makers.

This final report (link below) outlines the issue of climate change as it relates to SFM in Canada and the importance and benefits of adaptation for Canada’s forest sector. In addition, there are a number of helpful tools and resources:

2014, Canadian Council of Forest Industries

This report provides an overview of assisted tree migration, describes many of the potential opportunities and risks associated with this strategy, and outlines current thinking on responsible implementation of assisted migration of tree species.

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2014, Canadian Council of Forest Industries

This discussion paper provides a basis for further dialogue within the Canadian forest management community about climate change and its implications for the future development and use of the criteria and indicators of sustainable forest management.

Keywords: Canada, Forestry

About ReTooling for Climate Change

The ReTooling for Climate Change website is a project of the Fraser Basin Council to support local governments and First Nations in BC in preparing for climate change adaptation. The site is funded through the BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative (BC RAC), a partnership program of the Fraser Basin Council and the BC Ministry of Environment – Climate Action Secretariat, with funding from Natural Resources Canada and other in-kind contributions.

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Also worth a visit

On this site, you’ll find links to many helpful websites on climate change adaptation.

For steps communities can take to mitigate climate change, check out the Climate Action Toolkit website.