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Wednesday, April 01, 2015


Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management (SERM) Minister Lorne

Scott today announced the creation of a new Provincial Science

Advisory Board. This board will be made up of a panel of experts who

will advise the provincial government on the province's new forest

monitoring program. This initiative is the first of its kind in


The Forest Ecosystem Management Effects Monitoring Program, being

developed jointly by government and the forest industry, is a new

program to monitor the effects of forest management activities on the

long-term health of the forest ecosystem. The Science Advisory Board

will advise the SERM Minister on the development of the program and

help to evaluate its effectiveness.

"Monitoring is critical to ensuring our forest management practices

are sustainable," Scott said. "The Science Advisory Board will make

sure that monitoring is based on the best scientific and traditional

knowledge and provide a forum to address program issues, such as

proper monitoring criteria and methods."

The thirteen-member Provincial Science Advisory Board includes experts

from many disciplines, including: forest ecosystem management, fire

dynamics, forest soils, forest hydrology, aquatics, wildlife

management and traditional forest knowledge.

A task force made up of forest industry and government

representatives have developed a framework for the monitoring

program based on a set of criteria and indicators endorsed by the

Canadian Council of Forest Ministers and adapted for

Saskatchewan. The result is a draft list of criteria and

indicators that will be modified based on the advice of the

Scientific Advisory Board and the results of planned public

consultations. The provincial program will establish the

foundation for monitoring that will take place within individual

company programs and provide a standard for companies to follow.

"Under the new Forest Resources Management Act and regulations

which came into effect April 1 of this year, forest companies

must monitor and report on the effects of their forest management

plans on the environment as a condition of the approval of their

plans," Scott explained. "I look forward to the benefit of the

collective wisdom of the Science Advisory Board as they help us

ensure such monitoring is based on the best information


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For more information, contact:

Dwayne Dye

Environment and Resource Management

Prince Albert

Phone: (306) 953-2339

Saskatchewan Forest Management Effects Monitoring Program Provincial Science Advisory Board Members

Dr. David Andison

Dr. Andison is a specialist in forest disturbance ecology and currently is a private consultant, now living in Golden, Colorado. He has degrees in forestry (B.Sc.F.), architecture (B.A.) and in

forest management (Ph.D.). Dr. Andison has seven years experience in researching natural and cultural disturbance patterns and processes in B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan. The focus of the

work has been on forest fires, but also includes study of floods, herbivory, insects, disease, and windthrow. Dr. Andison has also developed spatial computer models capable of testing assumptions across large areas and long time periods.

Ms. Joan Beatty

Ms. Beatty is from Northern Community of Deschambault Lake and is a member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation. Her parents continue the lifestyle of fishing and trapping. She has a strong background in traditional knowledge passed down from her parents. Ms. Beatty is

currently employed by Sask Tel out of Saskatoon as an Account Executive with the Sask Tel Aboriginal Segment of Customer Services, a new initiative by Sask Tel. She works with the First Nations and Metis people of Saskatchewan.

Dr. Fred L. Bunnell

Dr. Bunnell is a specialist in the influence of forest practices on wildlife and extending and applying the theory of conservation biology in forested landscapes. He has degrees in forestry

(B.Sc.F. & Ph.D.) and has taught and researched his speciality at University of British Columbia in Vancouver for the past 27 years. Major contributions have been in the areas of ecosystem nutrient flux, population and spatial dynamics of large mammals, and silviculture for integrated management. He consults in the area of integrated resource management and has written some leading-edge papers on monitoring.

Dr. Patricia Chambers

Dr. Patricia Chambers is a research scientist with Environment Canada at the National Water Research Institute, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Dr. Chambers' research interests are in the field of aquatic ecology, particularly the ecology of aquatic plants and water quality issues related to nutrient loading and dissolved oxygen. She investigated the effects of pulp mill discharges on nutrient and dissolved oxygen dynamics and benthic plants. Recently, Dr.

Chambers has undertaken research to assess the effects of timber harvest and forest fire on stream ecosystems in northern Alberta.

Dr. Raoul Granger

Dr. Granger is a research hydrologist with the National Hydrology Research Institute of Environment Canada in Saskatoon. He has 27 years of research experience in prairie hydrology, snowmelt, infiltration into frozen soils, snow management, evaporation, evapotransporation, forest hydrology, modeling and the use of remote sensing. His most recent studies have been the Pathways of Water and Energy in Boreal Forest Ecosystems.

Dr. Hamilton Greenwood

Dr. Greenwood holds a Ph.D. in wildlife management. He currently is the wildlife instructor at the SIAST Woodland Campus in Prince Albert. He also acts at the Extension Program Co-ordinator in the Integrated Resource Management Program. Dr. Greenwood also teaches first year university biology for the extension program for the University of Saskatchewan. He served on the Provincial Wildlife Advisory Committee representing Nature Saskatchewan. He also

served as the Executive Director of the North American Wildlife Technologies Association.

Dr. Keith Hobson

Dr. Hobson works as a research scientist with the Canadian Wildlife Service in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He has worked in the wildlife field for the past 20 years. Dr. Hobson specializes in investigating the influence of forest management practices on boreal forest bird populations. His work also includes developing stable-isotope and DNA techniques to investigate the linkages between breeding and wintering sites of neotropical migrant birds and butterflies.

Dr. Winifred B. Kessler

Dr. Kessler currently serves as the Program Chair of the Forestry Program of the Faculty of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George. The natural resource program recognizes that the management of any natural

resource has implications for all other natural resources. The forestry portion focuses on forest ecosystem function and practical application to natural resources management Dr. Kessler=s

interests focus on adaptive ecosystem management, landscape ecology and dynamics in forest and rangeland ecosystems and ecologically sustainable land-use planning.

Dr. Hamish Kimmins

Dr. Kimmins is a forest ecologist, based in Vancouver, and has taught ecology and researched forests in BC for the past 30 years. He has degrees in silviculturally-oriented forestry (B.SC.), forest entomology (M.SC.) and forest ecology (Ph.D.). His research nterests are in ecosystem function, the ecological role of isturbance in forest ecosystems, the ecological impact of management activities, the sustainability of forest ecosystems, and a variety of other issues. He is very interested in certification, in criteria and indicators of sustainability, and is a strong advocate of ecological site classification as a necessary foundation for sustainable forest management. He is the author of a standard text in forest ecology, and of the book, Balancing Act: Environmental Issues in Forestry. Dr. Kimmins is also a member of the recently appointed UNESCO World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology.

Mr. Fred McCallum

Mr. McCallum is a M‚tis Elder from the Northern Village of Green Lake. He began working in the forest industry with his father when he was nine years old. He also worked for the Department of Natural Resources as a timber cruiser. Mr. McCallum is the Mayor of the

Northern Village of Green Lake.

Dr. Guy Melville

Dr. Melville is a Senior Research Scientist specializing in aquatic ecosystems. He received his Ph.D. in Aquatic Ecology from the University of Saskatchewan in 1984 and has worked with the

Saskatchewan Research Council since 1988. His research has focused on relationships between landscape features, stream flow alteration and aquatic habitat characteristics. Dr. Melville currently serves on the Prince Albert National Park Science Liaison Committee, the

Saskatchewan Species at Risk Scientific Working Group as well as on the joint federal-provincial Uranium Mining Cumulative Effects Working Group. He also contributes to the University of Saskatchewan through the Youth Employment Program and by providing informal

assistance to graduate students.

Dr. Robert Rempel

Dr. Rempel leads the large-scale ecology program at the Center for Northern Forest Ecosystem research in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He holds degrees in zoology (B.SC.), and biology (M.SC. & Ph.D.). The ecology program emphasizes: studying landscape-level effects of timber

management guidelines and natural disturbance on moose and other wildlife; developing dynamic, quantitative models of forest ecosystems to assess and predict effects of forestry practices on boreal forest wildlife; statistical design and analysis of forest assessment and monitoring studies; and developing landscape analysis tools to support criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management.

Dr. Ken Van Rees

Dr. Van Rees is a forest soil scientist and has taught soil science at the University of Saskatchewan since 1990. He has also been involved in soil science research in Saskatchewan for the past eight years. Dr. Van Rees has degrees in Forestry (B.Sc.F.) and forest soils (M.SC.& Ph.D.). Dr. Van Rees has carried out research related to impact of forest management activities on the characteristics of soils in the provincial forests of Saskatchewan.
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