The Southern Interior Silviculture Committee has been in existence since the 1960s. Our purpose is to promote appropriate silviculture practices in BC by hosting two events each year – a winter workshop and a summer field tour – to provide a venue for discussion of forestry issues and topics.

We also post announcements and reports on this site, that may be of interest to our members.

SISCO does not endorse any political party or platform; we are non-partisan and our sole purpose is to promote dialogue about good silviculture and forest practices in the province of BC.

Contact Information:
Box 305 – 622 Front Street
Nelson, BC, V1L 4B7

2023 Fall Field Tour

September 25 – 27

Golden BC

Exploring East Kootenay

Montane Forests

This year’s fall field tour will be held in the East Kootenays near Golden, September 25 – 27.

We will look at:

* Research trials of silviculture systems partial cutting and tree species adaptation to climate change: Speaker Deb MacKillop, Research Ecologist, MOF, Kootenay Boundary Region

* Research into the extensive mature tree mortality (mainly Douglas-fir) from woodborer attack: Speaker Marnie Duthie Holt, Kootenay Boundary Forest Entomologist, MOF, Cranbrook District

* Canadian Forest Products’ (Canfor) proposed management plan for forest management within the overlap area with TFL14 and the Columbia Wetlands Wildlife Management Area (WMA) – Canfor has developed a strategic management plan for this area to deal with extensive forest health impacts: Speaker Kari Stuart Smith, Manager, Biodiversity & Wildlife

* The new Old Growth Management Plan for TFL14 which used LiDAR data to develop a ranking index for the quality of old growth stands, then combined this with stand age and other characteristics deemed important by the collaborative, multi-disciplinary team (such as connectivity, ecosystem representation, etc.) to identify new OGMAs in TFL14: Speaker Kari Stuart Smith

* CBST (climate based seed trials) / AMAT (assisted migration adaptation trials): Speaker Greg O’Neill, Research Scientist, Forest Genetics, Kalamalka Forestry Centre and Scott King, Silviculture Manager, Pacific Wood Tech

* Long-term research on creating woody debris structures in large clearcuts as oases for small mustelids and small mammal prey species –  these piles provide habitat for marten and several weasel species which are important furbearer species in temperate and boreal forests – they significantly increase both species richness and abundance in areas where they are implemented: Speaker Tom Sullivan, Director, Applied Mammal Research Institute, Professor Emeritus, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, UBC

* Field Operation Program for hogging woody debris annually collected in Kinbasket Lake: Speaker Brian Watson, Operations Manager with Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC)

click here for Fall Field Tour Program Agenda

To Register Please go to our Event Website:


Registration includes lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments each day; the banquet on Tuesday, and your field tour transportation.

Reg Fee Schedule
Early Registration until August 31:  $500
Regular Registration on or after September 1: $560
Student Registration: $90

Received on or before September 10: full refund minus $50 admin fee
Received on or after September 11: no refund

Come join your colleagues for a tour of the East Kootenays at its loveliest time of the year!
Thank you for your continuing support of the Southern Interior Silviculture Committee.
The SISCO Executive