October 16 – 18, 2017

Silviculture in Arrow and Kootenay Lake Forests; Diverse Species (the “Kootenay Mix”), Complex Terrain, and Multi-Use Landscapes

This year’s Fall Field Tour is brought to us by ATCO Wood Products, Kalesnikoff Lumber, and Monticola Forest, and we’ll be touring the West Kootenays with sites in the Nancy Greene/Rossland/Nelson/Salmo-Castlegar areas.

We’ll start on Monday early evening (Oct 16) with Registration at the  Flying Steamshovel Inn, with hosted hors d’oeuvres and craft brews.

Day One stops are near Rossland and Nancy Greene; Day Two stops are near Nelson, and between Salmo – Castlegar.

Bag Lunches and Morning and Afternoon Refreshments are provided, as is dinner at the scenic Redstone Golf Course, which features an arboretum of ornamental (non-native) trees; we’ll be having a tree-id contest, with a free bottle of wine for the dinner, for the winner.

Come join your colleagues to talk about silviculture, and enjoy a lovely Autumn Excursion in the West Kootenays.

Thank you for your continuing support of SISCO!

The SISCO Executive

Agenda – Detailed (click here)  2017_SISCO_Fall_Field_Tour_Agenda

Agenda Overview


5:30 – 8:30      The Flying Steamshovel Inn, Rossland, Hosted Hors d’Oeuvres, Cash Bar

DAY ONE: Tuesday Ocotber 17th

6:30     Breakfast in Gabrielle’s Restaurant, Prestige Hotel (included in reg fee)

7:30     Depart Prestige Hotel, Rossland for Stop 1

Stop One: Summs Creek on the Nancy Greene Plateau: Mounding Versus No Mounding – Different Mounding for Different Objectives and the Effects on Stand Establishment: What Was Done, When And Why – A Results Comparison, and Live Excavator Demo.


Stop Two: Hannah Creek / Black Jack Ski Trails, Rossland, Public Interaction – Forestry Operations in a Community Watershed and High Use Recreation Area.


Stop Three: Cascade Creek Km9: Aspen Brushing / No Brushing; Douglas fir Thinning; Commercial Thinning (70 year old Douglas fir / Western Larch stand harvested 2017).

Stop Four: Tiger Mountain: Managing for Cedar Poles: 10% Stand Retention with Plantation Regeneration and 35% Stand Retention with Natural Regeneration

4:10     Arrive Redstone Golf Course, Social Time: No Host Bar with subsidized beer and Hosted Hors d’oeuvres; Arboretum Tour and Tree Identification Contest; Fall Colours Appreciation Time;  Short Round of Golf ?

5:00                 Wine and Craft Beer Tasting with local vineyards and breweries

6:00                 Banquet at Redstone Golf Course

7:00                 Return to Rossland

DAY TWO: Wednesday October 18th

6:30     Breakfast in Gabrielle’s Restaurant, Prestige Hotel (included in reg fee)

7:30     Depart Prestige Hotel, Rossland for marshalling point – Selkirk College

8:10     Depart Selkirk College for Stop 5

Stop Five: Rover Creek: John Sedlac Long-Term Soil Productivity Trial, and Forest Health Treatments / Effects; Hipholoma Biocontrol for Armillaria Root Disease


Stop Six: Selous Creek: Wildland Urban Interface Management; Douglas fir Beetle Management

LUNCH at Ymir Waterfall Pull-Out Park

Stop Seven: Champion Creek: PROBE Brushing Trial – Surprising Results from PROBE Trial Plots!

3:45     Depart for Selkirk College marshaling point

4:00     Arrive Selkirk College marshaling point