GIS-Based Forest Seed Deployment Tracking over Time and Space
Track: Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management
Author(s): Michael Meitner, Leslie McAuley, Yousry El-Kassaby, Chen DING

British Columbia's (BC) forests are in the midst of dramatic changes as a result of the mountain pine beetle epidemic and in response to climate change. To assist managers in planning for increased forest resilience in the face of these issues we have developed effective methods to track how genetically enhanced seed stock has been distributed throughout the province. Proper management of our forest's genetic diversity is critical to foster the long-term sustainability of social, ecological and economic benefits. We present a GIS-based method for visualizing seed deployment over time and space. This project focuses on a historical analysis of plantings within interior spruce silviculture openings from 1995 to 2004, with spatial assessments at the seed orchard level. This forms the basis for a decision support system aiming at developing seed deployment strategies that address current forest development targets.

Michael Meitner
Department of Forest Resources Management, UBC
Rm. 2211, Forest Sciences Centre
Vancouver , BC V6T 1Z4
Phone: 6048220029
E-mail: mike.meitner@ubc.ca

Leslie McAuley
BC Government, Ministry of Forests and Range
PO Box 9518 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria , BC V8W9C2
Phone: (250) 356 6208
Fax: (250) 356 8124
E-mail: Leslie.Mcauley@gov.bc.ca

Yousry El-Kassaby
Department of Forest Sciences
3rd floor Forest Sciences Centre, 2045-2424 Main Mall, University of British Columbia
Vancouver , BC V6T 1Z4
Phone: 604 822-1821
E-mail: y.el-kassaby@ubc.ca

Faculty of Forestry, UBC
2nd floor, 2045-2424 Main Mall
Department of Forest Resources Management, Forest Sciences Centre, University of British Columbia
Vancouver , BC V6T 1Z4
Phone: 604-822-6708
E-mail: klaus.ding828@gmail.com