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Blake Dickens Forestry Collection

The Dickens Forestry Collection is approximately 3400 images of forestry practices from the Pacific Northwest, with a focus on the Prince George area. The images range in subject matter and include topics such as silviculture, forest soils, entomology, pathology, and forest ecology. Blake Dickens was a Forestry Instructor at the College of New Caledonia and took these pictures to enhance the courses he taught.

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Interior Logging - Logging in the Interior of BC has evolved differently than on the coast due to the nature of the terrain, the size of the trees and the climate in which they grow.

Coastal Logging - Coastal logging concentrated, especially in the past, on water transportation; takes place on generally steeper slopes, using different harvesting and trucking equipment; and the forests grow in a totally different climate.

Silviculture I: Site Preparation - Once part of the forest is logged, the ground is prepared for the regeneration of new trees.

Silviculture III: Planting and Natural Regeneration - The trees can be allowed to grow from natural seeding or be planted with seedlings grown in a nursery.

Silviculture II: Planting and Natural Regeneration - The trees can be allowed to grow from natural seeding or be planted with seedlings grown in a nursery.

Silviculture IV: Stand Management - In the early life of a new forest, management of competing species and damaging pests can improve seedling survival and initial growth. As the forest matures stand management can increase the volume and value of the forest resource.

Fire Management - Forest fires are part of the natural ecosystem, but the forests need to be managed for fire, or there can be devastating impacts.

Forest Ecology - The network of life in a forest is complex, inter-related, and often a good indicator of overall forest health.

Soils - As for a farmer, the soil for a forester is the most important resource providing nutrients, moisture and support for the flora and fauna that will grow on a site.

Pathology - This section looks at some of the diseases of plants and trees in the forest.

Entomology - Many insects are part of the natural life cycle of a forest and are managed to avoid epidemic outbreaks in areas for timber production.

Integrated Resource Management - Forests are now being managed for more than just timber values.

Historical - Forestry is constantly evolving with new equipment and techniques.

Miscellaneous - These are other interesting images that are related to forestry practices.


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