Canadian Forest Service Publications

Catalog of Provenance Trials Applicable to Climate Change Adaptation Research. 2017. Winder, R.S. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria, British Columbia. Information report directory BC-X-441. 162 p.

Year: 2017

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 38928

Language: English

Series: Information Report (PFC - Victoria)

Availability: PDF (download)

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When considering the potential impacts of climate change in forests, researchers need examples. Whether the questions are ecological, biological, physical, economic, or social, our predictions concerning forest change become clearer if we have some experience from the real world to provide a basis for comparison. This catalog of tree provenance trials represents an effort to present that sort of information in an accessible format, for Canadian and adjacent parts of the US. Researchers interested in ‘assisted migration’, ‘managed translocation’, ‘enrichment planting’ and overall long-term impacts of climates on various tree species and provenances will hopefully find this catalog to be a useful guide to locating further information. There are likely many other trials that could be included in a more fulsome database; this catalog differs by presenting an overview of trials in summary format. By browsing the entries and seeing what might be readily available with further contacts and examination of existing data and records, we hope that researchers in climate change adaptation will be able to discover trials pertinent to their research that might otherwise go unnoticed.

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Plain Language Summary

This catalog lists examples of tree plantation experiments in Canada where the type of experiment may provide useful information for understanding adaptation to changing climates. The list was compiled by asking experts to provide information on trials with readily available data and/or access to the sites. In most cases, the trials include trees that were moved from places with different climates, or experiments directly identified as being climate-related. Some of the experiments included were established before 1950. The catalog consists of two parts: a text overview document and a spreadsheet file with more detailed descriptive information, for example the tree species, origin of trees used in the experiment, site locations, associated climate information, etc. The information provided in the catalog allows one to see what might be readily available with further contacts and inspection of detailed data and results for the experiments. This in turn may allow researchers to discover experiments relevant to research on climate change adaptation that might otherwise go unnoticed.