Objectives

  • To take responsibility for and manage designated forestry research lands;
  • To do the necessary physical improvements on these Research Forest lands in the way of roads, bridges, and culverts;
  • To manage and operate the Research Forest in such a manner that the prime objective is applied forest research and education with an applied focus. Such activities will center on sustainable development of the intrinsic resource values of the research forest;
  • To provide an opportunity to link research projects and databases at other Research Forests in BC (i.e.: Alex Fraser, Aleza Lake, Malcolm Knapp, and John Prince Research Forests);
  • To create a working partnership with the industry sector, the Ministry of Forests and Range the Federal/Provincial/International forest research community and independent forest research groups;
  • Partner with Forest Research agencies to conduct applied research that focuses on issues and problems of specific importance to forests in the Central Interior of BC and supported and approved by the CNC Research Forest Board. Such projects could include but are not limited to:
  • research into the effects of forest practices on fish and wildlife habitat, bird population, environmentally sensitive sites, and the overall health of biodiversity associated with the forests of the Central Interior of BC;
  • research into the contribution that intensive silviculture practices have on the social development of Central Interior communities and their economic diversity or in the maintenance or enhancement of the overall environmental health of the central interior forests of BC;
  • research into the development of new wood products derived from the forests associated with the CNC Research Forest and their contribution to the economic and social well being of Central Interior Communities;
  • investigation of the environmental health in the region, focusing on climate change, atmospheric carbon changes, and pollution elements;
  • renewable energy research;
  • Exploration of information technology applications to enhance resource management activities on the Research Forest; and
  • establishment of key research sites within the Research Forest that track a variety of environmental and biodiversity factors over time.
  • To promote opportunities for First Nations, communities, external agencies, institutions, and organizations to set up and establish research projects in the Research Forest;
  • To access Federal/Provincial/Industrial resources such as the Mountain Pine Beetle funds and establish relevant research that link to these types of funds;
  • To provide long term revenue for a trust fund designated for the purposes of supporting the CNC Forest Resource Technology (or equivalent) program. This revenue will be generated primarily by the harvesting and selling of timber in a manner consistent with research objectives;
  • Provide opportunities for public learning and extension activities.