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CNC Research Forest

Dynamic in nature—that's the essence of natural resources, and at CNC we know that for graduates to be successful in their careers, they need to know how to stay on top of their game. This is accomplished in part by engaging our students in our research forest program.

The CNC Research Forest was established in 2009 to provide a foundational land base for conducting applied research. Over the years, the area dedicated to applied natural resources research has grown to over 12,000 hectares, across a range of ecosystems throughout the Prince George forest district.

The research forest is a community asset, where the college and local industry work together to solve real world, applied challenges in relatively short time frames, allowing students to see projects through completion. As such, the research forest provides for enhanced training with opportunities for students to engage in applied research in areas such as innovative forest harvesting techniques for protecting riparian features, planting new tree species in central BC as an adaptation to climate change, and using new tools such as LiDAR data to improve natural resource based planning and operations.

From a student perspective, the research forest provides the ideal out-door classroom, where field exercises and demonstration activities augment classroom learning, bringing topics like fish and wildlife, silviculture, resource policy and forest health to life.

Learn more about the CNC Research Forest and the Research Forest Society here.

In the News

College of New Caledonia features 12,500-hectare research forest
From learning foundational map-and-compass skills to exploring the link between climate change and spruce bark beetles, students at the College of New Caledonia (CNC) spend a lot of time in the college’s 12,500 hectares of research forest. The two-year Natural Resources and Environmental Technology (NRET) diploma program is the only one in British Columbia with access to that kind of asset, which Richard Reich, the school’s new Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Forest Health, says gives students a leg up when they’re ready to enter the workforce. “These guys are actually working on the highest-level research projects that exist,” he says. “They’re answering the most important or most urgent forest-health-related questions the forest sector is dealing with.”...
>>Maclean's, Nov 28, 2016

CNC and Dunkley Lumber sign 10-year deal for research forest
CNC signed a 10-year agreement Friday that will see Dunkley Lumber continuing to develop and manage the college's research forest as well as expand partnership activities in support of students. "Dunkley lumber generously made contributions that were over and above what we expected during our first five year agreement, so we were delighted to continue that commitment with them" said Catherine Wishart, CNC vice-president, community and student services...
>>Prince George Free Press, Mar 11, 2014