Health & Productivity
BC’s forest sector is dependent on a sustainable supply of high-quality timber. Tree improvement activities, including tree breeding and seed orchards, increase the value of BC’s forests by producing seedlings with superior growth, wood quality and pest resistance. Forests established using selected seed can produce more volume of wood in a shorter period compared to using seed collected from wild stands.
Health and Productivity Panel Photo: The late Dr. John Russell examining western redcedar (Thuja plicata) seedlings at the Cowichan Lake Research Station. Credit: Chad Hipolito © Genome Canada, 2017.