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.
Province of British Columbia
British Columbia is committed to addressing the climate crisis. The Provincial Government’s responsibility to current and future generations as natural resource stewards requires coordinated, province-wide action on climate change adaptation, including the integration of Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge. This website provides natural resource managers with policy resources, knowledge resources, and tools to integrate climate change adaptation into decision-making. The featured resource are Regional Extension Notes, which include climate change projections, probable impacts of climate change to ecosystems, and adaptation strategies for natural resource management for seven regions throughout British Columbia.
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:
- Prince George Adaptation Process Summary (2012: Video)
- Prince George Adaptation and Sensitive Ecosystems (2012: Video)
- Prince George Adaptation and Forests (2012: Video)
- Prince George Adaptation and Transportation (2012: Video)
- Prince George Adaptation and Flooding (2012: Video).
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.
Go to Resource: http://www.ccfm.org/pdf/10_Assisted%20Migration%20_ENG.pdf
2017 - Diamond Head, Metro Vancouver
In Metro Vancouver climate change is projected to result in warmer, drier summers, reduced snow-packs, more frequent extreme rainfall events and rising sea levels. The management of our urban forests is often highlighted as a climate adaptation tool for cities. However, regionally-specific information on how to design tree plantings to maximize climate adaptation benefits has been limited.
This Guidebook has been developed to serve as a quick reference and resource for land managers and member municipalities to support landscape design projects, design guidelines updates and for designing new developments. It can also be used by the development community as a resource guide for best practices in incorporating climate adaptation within development programming and design. This document does not replace or supersede requirements or specifications in zoning bylaws, engineering design standards or Ministry of Transportation requirements.
The FACoP is a sub-community of the Climate Change Adaptation Community of Practice (CCACoP) and is dedicated to persons interested in climate change impacts and adaptation options for forestry in Canada. It helps forest industry members, forest science researchers, forest policy makers and others share information and best practices on current activities in the area of climate change vulnerability and adaptation in Canada's forest sector.
Go to Resource: http://www.ccadaptation.ca/en/facop
2012 — BC Ministry of Forest Lands and Natural Resource Operations
This action plan aligns with the Province of British Columbia’s Climate Change Adaptation Strategy with respect to forest management and stewardship. The management goal is to have BC’s forest management policy framework fully account for a changing climate by 2017.
B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Scientific research is being undertaken in British Columbia in order to adapt the provincial natural resource sector to a changing climate, reduce carbon emissions and increase carbon sinks. Check out this website for an inventory of climate research projects from FLNRORD, including projects funded under the Future Forest Ecosystems Scientific Council (FFESC). Research projects look into vulnerability assessments and planning for B.C's forestry sector.
2017 - Diamond Head Consulting, Metro Vancouver
Metro Vancouver’s management plans identify adapting to climate change as an important piece of building and maintaining a livable region. Many member municipalities and Metro Vancouver land managers have been actively engaged in evaluating the condition and rate of change in their urban forests, but have had limited practical guidance about how to plan and manage these complex systems in a changing climate.
The purpose of this project was to identify the risks facing urban forests, assess regional vulnerability of the existing urban forest and develop a framework and guidelines for building resilience moving forward. Regionally specific guidance on species selection and management techniques can help reduce the risk of significant urban forest mortality and maximize the benefits (ecosystem services) urban forests provide. A second piece of work was developed concurrently to address the design and siting of trees to maximize climate adaptation benefits (Design Guidebook: Maximizing Climate Adaptation Benefits with Trees).
2015, Canadian Council of Forest Ministers
The purpose of this report is to provide a systematic national assessment of: tree species vulnerability to climatic change, management implications and options, and knowledge gaps in our understanding of both species vulnerability and adaptation.
2019 - Fraser Basin Council
Building on our webinar "Effectiveness of fuel treatments in mitigating wildfire severity - Lessons from large wildfire events in the interior Pacific Northwest", Kelly Osbourne and Rory Colwell of the BC Wildfire Service provide further information on the effectiveness of fuel treatment activities in combination with FireSmart principles in other ecosystems in British Columbia, including coastal, boreal and wetter interior forests.
Go to Resource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLuYAtcXU38