Hummingbird Network, a British Columbia company, presented its crowdsourcing wildfire detection concept (the Hummingbird Network Smoke Detection Service) during the 2016 Wildland Fire Canada conference. In January 2017, as a follow-up to the conference, Hummingbird Network provided a live demonstration to AAF, BC Wildfire Service, and FPInnovations in Edmonton, Alberta. After a successful demonstration, and at the request of the wildfire agencies, FPInnovations committed to working with Hummingbird Network to provide an evaluation of its wildfire detection system.
Native forest insects are an essential part of the forest ecosystem. However, increased density beyond a threshold, or their invasive nature – as seen with Spruce budworm (SBW) in eastern Quebec in recent years – can cause long-lasting damage to a healthy ecosystem. Developing tools and means for identifying risk early on, to effectively deploy control measures, has been one of the critical objectives of collaborative research through the “SBW Early Intervention Strategy” network, with researchers from NRCanCFS, the Healthy Forest Partnership, provincial governments, universities, industry, and FPInnovations. This information is especially needed for the comprehensive forest management program used for timely intervention in New Brunswick.
Faced with the scourge of the spruce budworm, scientific researchers from Natural Resources Canada have set up an original "Budworm Trackers" project calling on citizens to collect data in the field. Launched in the summer of 2015, this citizen science campaign is being repeated in the summer of 2016. It provides essential data to researchers for the advancement of knowledge of this insect pest.
Face au fléau de la tordeuse des bourgeons de l’épinette, des chercheurs scientifiques de Ressources naturelles Canada ont mis sur pied un projet original « Pisteurs de tordeuses » faisant appel aux citoyens pour collecter des données sur le terrain. Lancée à l’été 2015, cette campagne de science citoyenne est reprise à l’été 2016. Elle fournit des données essentielles aux chercheurs pour l’avancement des connaissances sur cet insecte ravageur.
Exotic fungi are an emerging threat to Canada's forests and Canadian Forest Service (CFS) researchers are studying the tree diseases they cause in Canada. Canadian Forest Service (CFS) researchers are studying the tree diseases they cause in order to control their spread. to control their spread. To do this, they need to make the right diagnosis in order to limit the impact of these diseases on the overall forest resource. At this stage, one of the difficulties encountered by researchers is the precise identification of fungal species. Indeed, many of these species are difficult to identify, Many of these species are difficult to observe. This article focuses on the mushroom Heterobasidion irregulare, responsible for the roundworm disease, and how citizens can contribute to the contribute to the scientific knowledge about this pathogen.
Les champignons exotiques constituent une nouvelle menace pour les forêts canadiennes et des chercheurs du Service canadien des forêts (SCF) étudient les maladies des arbres qu’ils causent en vue de lutter contre leur propagation. Pour ce faire, ils doivent poser le bon diagnostic afin de limiter l’impact de ces maladies sur l’ensemble des ressources forestières. À cette étape, une des difficultés rencontrées par les chercheurs est l’identification précise des espèces de champignons. En effet, plusieurs de ces espèces sont difficilement observables. Cet article se concentre sur le champignon Heterobasidion irregulare, responsable de la maladie du rond, et sur comment des citoyens peuvent contribuer à l’avancée des connaissances scientifiques sur cet agent pathogène.
Large volumes of forest products are traded internationally. With this comes an increased risk of moving forest pathogens associated with these products. To protect both forest health and international trade, prevention or control of pest movement and establishment needs to be done using approaches which result in minimal trade interruption. Rapid, economical, and accurate detection, identification and risk assessment of pathogens is one of the key aspects of successful management. Significant developments in the last two decades in genomics has enabled more accurate and rapid detection of pathogens. However, many of these techniques have not been thoroughly tested in wood and lack associated standards governing their use in a regulatory setting. There are ongoing concerns that these new methods will add regulatory compliance costs to industry and other stakeholders, or that they will be used improperly and unduly limit market access. To address these concerns, it is critical that the capabilities and limits of these tools are well understood by both industry and international regulators, and that standards are developed to govern their use to help reduce the threat of pests while minimizing the impact to trade. This report summarizes current technologies and suggests ways forward.