Assisted migration

Preparing for assisted migration in central BC

CNC was awarded a research grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) to conduct research on forestry and climate change issues in partnership with Dunkley Lumber.

CNC faculty and Dunkley employees have begun research projects examining site and climate considerations around facilitated tree species migration in the region. This research also includes the monitoring of climate-related shifts in soil moisture and vegetation communities, and comparing the abilities of LiDAR and digital elevation model technologies to predict stand-level soil moisture.


Research partners
  • Doug Perdue, Chief Forester, Dunkley Lumber Ltd.
  • Olivier Bonnefoy, Nursery Manager, Pacific Regeneration Technologies Ltd. ( Red Rock, BC)
Research contributors
  • Bill Golley, British Columbia Ministry of Transportation
  • Vanessa Foord, Richard Kabzems, Richard Reich, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations
  • Andrea Eastham, Industrial Forest Service Ltd.
  • Craig DeLong, Senior Ecologist, Ecora Resource Group Ltd.
  • Dr. Phil Burton, British Columbia Ministry of Transportation
  • Stéphane Dubé, Soil Scientist, BC Forest Services – Omineca
  • LiDAR data, City of Prince George
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada
  • Enhanced Forestry Lab and greenhouse team, University of Northern British Columbia
  • Research Forest Society, College of New Caledonia
  • Stacy Dingman, Natural Resource and Environmental Technology (NRET) Program, CNC
  • Facilities Staff, College of New Caledonia
  • Leigh Anne Dutton, Melissa Mjolsness, Kennedy Boateng, CNC research assistants
  • Anwen Roberts, CNC web designer

Construction of a weather station: taking microclimate measurements for the assisted migration projects