British Columbia’s forests and tree species are diverse. Understanding genetic diversity and producing tree seed selected for faster growth, pest resistance, and better wood quality will benefit future timber supply, without the need for genetic engineering.
Tree Improvement Branch
The Tree Improvement Branch consists of a headquarters group in Victoria, five seed orchard complexes, two research stations, and the Tree Seed Centre, located in Surrey.
Tree Improvement Branch's mission is to protect, manage and conserve British Columbia's forest genetic resources through excellence in cone and seed services, research, tree breeding, decision support and client services. It provides critical support for the Chief Forester's office, and works to understand, protect and conserve the genetic foundations of B.C.'s public forests.
Tree Seed Centre
Tree Seed Centre is responsible for the processing, testing, registration, storage and distribution of tree seed destined for crown land reforestation.
- The Seed Planning and Registration (SPAR) Web Application
SPAR is a web-based information management system. It provides clients with direct online access to a Provincial Registry of Forest Tree Seed and a comprehensive seedling request system for meeting annual reforestation needs.
- More Detail on Seed Planning
Seed Planning is an important step in meeting British Columbia's forest stewardship and genetic resource management (GRM) objectives.
Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding
The Forest Genetics program includes traditional tree breeding and testing for several traits, gene conservation and supportive research.