September 21, 2021
On Tuesday afternoon a member of the Cranbrook Community Forest Society board took the College of the Rockies Environmental Sciences class into the forest for a review of Fire Ecology, dry forest management and the 2018 spacing projects located near the student residences on campus. This lab wound up with the students measuring the annual growth on tree cookies cut from stumps in the thinning area. The question posed in the lab is does spacing actually increase growth in suppressed dry stands of Douglas-fir? The course instructors, Andrena Heigh MSc and Katie Burles MSc, hope that this lab and introduction will trigger the students to carry out independent studies in the Cranbrook Community Forest. This helps the Cranbrook Community Forest Society meet its educational mandate.