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FOREST HEALTH

B.A. Blackwell & Associates Ltd. have been working on a broad range of forest health issues and have extensive experience in extension, assessment, monitoring, and strategy development for various jurisdictions, at various scales. Our skills have been applied to a range of projects across BC, Yukon Territory and Alberta.

OUR EXPERTISE INCLUDES

Assessment

  • Coast Forest Region aerial forest health surveying and ground assessments completed annually since 2007 for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
  • Forest health assessments and expert advisors on forest health issues related to oil and gas development in BC and Alberta
  • Development of hazard and risk assessments, and follow-up monitoring for bark beetles, defoliators and root disease throughout BC
  • Development of a hazard and risk assessment for BC Hydro transmission and infrastructure
  • Permanent plot establishment for forest health monitoring
  • Forest health assessments conducted as an integral part of silviculture surveys and treatment recommendations completed on over 77,000 ha in BC

Strategic Planning

  • Treatment prescription and management plan development for various clients
  • Developed mitigation strategies for BC Hydro to manage identified forest health risks to provincial infrastructure

Extension

  • Developed and instructed Forest Health and Forest Protection courses for BCIT’s Sustainable Resource Development Program
  • Developed a forest health management guide for BC Hydro maintenance crews
  • Developed a Forest Health Training Manual and Reference Guide for the Yukon Government for use by forest managers and the general public

Windthrow

  • Completed various assessments of windthrow hazards and design of windthrow mitigation treatments and danger tree removals
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