Newsletter Vol. 2, No. 2 • April 27, 2021

In this issue...

  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Our People
  3. Seedling Requests 2021
  4. Seed Orchard Technician Position - Tolko Armstrong

1. Upcoming Events

2021 Forest Genetics: Student and PostDoc Symposium
May 19-20, 2021

This virtual conference will showcase oral and poster presentations from over 80 forest genetics students and postdocs from across North America and overseas. Keynote speakers are Dr. Nathalie Isabel, Natural Resources Canada, Quebec and Dr. Patrick von Aderkas, UVic Centre for Forest Biology.

Oral presentation sessions are grouped into four themes: Operational Tree Improvement; Population Genetics; Climate Changes and Adaptation; and Forest Health. Each session will consist several pre-recorded videos followed by live Q&As with presenters. Posters will also be accompanied by 2-3 minute videos, and live poster sessions will provide opportunity for engagement. Registrants may view all pre-recorded videos anytime from a few days prior to 90-days after the symposium. 

A career panel, break-out sessions, sponsors booths and chat rooms round out the agenda. All persons interested and working in forest genetics are encouraged to attend and support our Next Generation. Registration is only $40 thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. Visit the 2021 Forest Genetics website for details.

BC Seed Orchard Association - Virtual Conference and Trade Show - June 16, 2021

Save the date. Agenda to include orchard irrigation, fertilization, soil drainage, and pest management. Visit the BCSOA Conference 2021 Website for updates and registration. Contact: 

2. Our People

Congratulations to Domenico Iannidinardo, RPF, P.Eng, RPBio, Chief Forester, Mosaic Forest Management, and FGC Industry Co-Chair, for receiving the UBC Forestry 2020 Alumni Builder Award in recognition of his continuing support of students. Domenico will be presented with the award during the Faculty of Forestry's Recognition Evening, 5-6 pm, Thurs., April 29.  Click here to register.       

   Domenico Iannidinardo, RPF, P.Eng, RPBio                          Leslie McAuley, RFT 

Leslie McAuley, RFT, Decision Support Officer, retired on April 16, 2021 after 32 years with the BC Public Service. Leslie was involved in tree seed policy and planning for the majority of her career, and made significant contributions to provincial seed use regulations and standards, including climate-based seed transfer (CBST). You can pass along your kudos here. Enjoy retirement Leslie!  

 3. Seedling Requests 2021

Over 287 million seedlings were requested by forest tenure holders, private landowners and BC government programs for sowing in nurseries in 2021. Lodgepole pine (Pli) and Interior spruce (Sx) continue to be the most requested species, followed by interior Douglas-fir (Fdi), western redcedar (Cw) and western larch (Lw). Seedling request statistics and graphs compiled from Seed Planning and Registry System (SPAR) data are available on the Ministry's webpage here.     
Above graph includes requests entered in SPAR as of March 21, 2021 for Crownland only

 4. Seed Orchard Technician - Tolko Armstrong


Tolko Industries is seeking qualified applicants for a Seed Orchard Technician position at its Eagle Rock Nursery and Seed Orchards, Armstrong, BC. The position will be responsible for orchard operations including cultural practices, pest management, surveys, seedlot registration, supervision of cone harvesting, worker safety and all orchard records. See job posting for further details. 
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