Expanding Our Roots
Coast Forest Region Research
Denis Collins, Ph.D., P.Geo.
Research & Inventory Manager
Coast Forest Region
The Coast Forest Region of the B.C. Forest Service employs a core team of researchers to study all aspects of forest management in the region.
The Coast Region research team is a multi-disciplinary group of scientists engaged in applied research, training and consultation in support of district and regional forest service operations. The group covers a wide range of disciplines including forest ecology, wildlife habitat ecology, hydrology, soil science, geomorphology and silviculture systems.
The research web site is a resource that teachers may use to gain insight and understanding of the disciplines used in forestry, and to download numerous publications that can be used for teaching aids, suitable for senior level high school and post secondary science and/or geography students.
One example of this is the Ecology section: www.for.gov.bc.ca/rco/research/eco/
The following links outline what the study of ecology is about and also provide links and interactive maps using the Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification system (BEC) for the coastal area. Forest types can be viewed by geographic area:
Publications on various disciplines can be viewed and downloaded from:
Additional information on Research staff, services, projects and publications can be viewed on the research web site at: www.for.gov.bc.ca/rco/research