UBC Forestry is trying to develop technology to determine where to plant trees in the future in British Columbia, and what the various implications might be.
Dr. Kieran Findlater is working on a project called CoAdapTree – Healthy Trees for Future Climates.
They are holding a focus group in Kamloops on Thursday, November 22, at 5:30 PM, where they’ll meet with members of the business community.
“They might be people without much specific forestry expertise but who have very strong interests in the well-being of the community and the impact that climate change might have on BC’s forests in the future,” Findlater said.
“They’re going to help us understand how these policies have broader implications in the community, how what trees we plant where will affect the economic environment wellbeing of our province moving forward.”
He adds they’ve been speaking to four groups in four BC cities. In addition to the business community, local government, forestry professionals, and Environmental N-G-O’s are the others.
“There are two sides, the technical side where they are trying to develop technology to help us decide where to plant trees in the future,” Findlater says.
“And social science side where we’re examining the social, ethical, economic and policy implications of this technological change.”