Canadian Forest Service Publications

Forest health research needs in British Columbia. 1995. Nevill, R.J.; Hall, P.M.; Beale, J. The Forestry Chronicle 71(4): 489-496.

Year: 1995

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 4149

Language: English

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Abstract

To determine the needs and priorities for research on specific topics concerning forest health in British Columbia, a questionnaire was developed and distributed to forest management agencies, forest industry and other research agencies. Response was received from all groups contacted (Pacific Forestry Centre [Canadian Forest Service]; BC Ministry of Forests; BC Ministry of Environment Lands & Parks; Industry; and Universities) throughout the province. Forty-two insect, disease, and mammal pests were identified for research. Research priorities for insects and diseases are equally distributed and of greater importance than mammals. Diseases most frequently identified included Armillaria root disease and tomentosus root disease, while the mountain pine beetle and the white pine weevil were foremost among insects. Broadly based issues included pest responses to alternative silvicultural systems, quantification of pest caused losses, and standardized survey methodology between agencies. Lower profile research concerns included the pinewood nematode, nursery pests, and hardwood diseases. The potential introduction into the province of exotic pests such as the Gypsy moth was identified as an emerging issue.