Celebrating 100 Years of Research

2021 marks the 100th year of ongoing research supporting the sustainable management of British Columbia’s natural resources.

In recognition of this major milestone, the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD) is highlighting the rich history and development of the Research Program and celebrating the contributions of research scientists across the public sector.

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History of the Research Program

Steve Baumber, Senior Timber Tenures Forester, provides an overview of the last hundred years in B.C. forestry research.

100 Years of Research Video

In 1921, the Forest Branch hired the first forest researcher, J. L. Alexander, to study forest regeneration, growth and yield, and fire protection. Today over 70 Research Program scientists embedded throughout the Province investigate a wide array of research topics to increase knowledge on the sustainable management of B.C.’s natural resources and to understand the effects of climate change and other disturbances.


Overview of the Research Program

In 2021, the Research Program provided funding for 145 research projects. The Research Program collaborates with other government agencies, First Nations, academic and research institutions, and industry leaders to expand the breadth of knowledge and capacity of the Research Program in sustainable natural resource management.

Ministry research scientists communicate their work by publishing in peer-reviewed journals, technical reports, and extension publications with direct applicability to natural resources management.

Research Talks Series 

Research Talks is a YouTube series featuring Ministry researchers presenting on a variety of topics:

Research Talks