CNC Research Awarded Major Grant

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News
CNC Research Awarded Major Grant

A researcher with the College of New Caledonia has received a significant grant for forestry research. Richard Reich with the College’s Natural Resources and Environmental Technology has been awarded $1 million over five years to look at innovative ways to help the region’s forests battle diseases. That money will be supported with $100,000 in funding from the CNC Research Forest Society, $160,000 in funding from industry partners, and an additional $2,000,000 of in-kind funding from numerous partners as well.
Reich will work closely with forest companies and collaborating scientists, from government and the post-secondary sector, to develop innovative tools that will help mitigate the impacts of forest diseases on the productivity and resilience of young managed forests in British Columbia.
“This is a great opportunity to develop the partnership between our industrial and educational sectors. CNC students will receive practical benefits by learning about industry specific issues and by helping create solutions to these challenges. Our industry partners will, in exchange, benefit from the practical applications that this research will create. Getting to be in the center of all that is very exciting.”
As an example, Reich says the single largest threat to pine stands in this day is pine stem rust. He says there is also the new Spruce beetle infestation that is affecting mid-term timber supply in and around Mackenzie.


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