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Published on Oct 28, 2015
The Forest Genetics Council of British Columbia (FGC) is a multi-stakeholder group appointed by the Provincial Chief Forester. FGC includes representatives from the BC and federal governments, forest industry, and universities. FGC’s goals are to enhance the value, resilience and conservation of BC’s forests. It does this by developing five-year strategic and annual business plans, and coordinating research, tree breeding, tree seed production, and conservation activities across the province and internationally. FGC’s primary outputs are fast-growing and pest-resistant tree seed which boosts BC’s timber supply and economy. Since FGC’s inception in 1998, over 1.7 billion improved seedlings have been planted in BC.
BC’s tree improvement program is one of the best in the world and is at the leading edge of developing climate change adaptation strategies. These accomplishments are the result of FGC’s organizational excellence and the long-term cooperation between government, the forest sector and academia.