The provincial forest genetic resource management program involves cooperators in the forest industry, two levels of government, universities, private research companies, and individual contractors. Many of these groups participate in the work of the Forest Genetics Council, its TACs, and Species Committees.
The MFR is primarily responsible for tree breeding; the forest industry cooperates in identifying sites for progeny testing and with controlled matings. Private industry leads the operational production of reforestation materials—seven forest products companies, two private companies, and the provincial government own and operate seed orchards.
The CFS, MFR Research Branch, and universities undertake research supporting tree improvement, some of which is funded through the Science Council of B.C. and the Forest Investor Account Tree Improvement Project.
Private institutions focus on applied research related to operational production, including pest control methods, pheromone monitoring, refining breeding zones and seed transfer guidelines, improving vegetative reproduction methods, understanding orchard pollination dynamics, and realized-gain trials.
The University of British Columbia (UBC) leads genetic conservation activities, with input from all cooperators.
Cooperator participation in provincial forest genetic resource management programs
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