43rd North American Moose Conference and Workshop: Prince George, British Columbia: 2-7 June 2007.
The 43rd Annual Moose Conference and Workshop was held at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), June 2-7, 2007. UNBC hosted the conference with the BC Ministry of Forests and Range, the BC Ministry of Environment, the Peace/Williston Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, and the John Prince Research Forest. The conference was attended by 102 delegates from Canada, the United States, and Finland who met to exchange ideas and share new developments in moose research, management, and biology.
Conference sessions addressed: population dynamics, management, distribution, habitat relationships, science policy, landscape change, vegetation dynamics, vehicle collisions, and mitigation. A pre-Conference field trip to the John Prince Research Forest was enjoyed by 9 delegates. Delegates enjoyed a one-day field trip east of Prince George to view an ancient forest stand of interior red cedar, learn about the dynamics of the mountain pine beetle infestation of pine stands and plantations, visit a moose observation facility near a major highway, and discuss on-going research on vegetation control to mitigate moose-vehicle collisions.
Kristine Rines, recipient of the Distinguished Moose Biologist Award in 2006, gave the keynote address about the challenges of the introduction and history of moose management in the state of New Hampshire.
The 2007 recipient of the Distinguished Moose Biologist Award was Dr. Kris J. Hundertmark of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
An ice-breaker and barbeque encouraged social interaction amongst delegates, spouses, and invited guests. A lively auction at the banquet provided a spirited highlight for all and the expertise of the auctioneer paid dividends to the coffers of ALCES.
We are grateful to our many sponsors whose financial contributions made this Conference a success: Association of Professional Biologists of BC, BC Hydro, BC Ministry of Environment, BC Ministry of Forests and Range, Canadian Forest Products, City of Prince George, CN Railway, Dunkley Lumber, Guide Outfitters Association of British Columbia, Habitat Conservation Trust Fund, Insurance Corporation of BC, Integrated Land Management Bureau, John Prince Research Forest, Peace/Williston Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, Spruce City Wildlife Association, Tl'azt'en Nation, and UNBC. Thanks to local businesses and individuals who donated auction items and wild game meat for the banquet. Most importantly, a special thanks to Jennifer Studney, UNBC Conference & Events Services, for shouldering the burden of administering the Conference details.
CO-CHAIRS: Roy Rea and Ken Child
HOST: University of Northern British Columbia
University of Northern British Columbia
3333 University Way
Prince George, BC, V2N 4Z9
DATE: June 2-7, 2007
NUMBER OF DELEGATES/PARTICIPANTS: 102
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