BCPARF Conference December 3-5th 2018
University of Northern British Columbia
Prince George


REGISTER NOW!!! Early-bird registration ends on November 15th. 

We've managed to keep the costs down for the BCPARF conference yet again and so conference registration rates remain frozen at previous levels. Morning and afternoon coffee and snacks as well as lunches are included in full registration. In addition, a 'stand-up dinner' (and no host bar) is included for the Tuesday night poster session and a special celebration.  Please click here!!  to register.

Earlybird (before Nov. 15) Late Registration
Full $180 $220
First Nations $90 $110
Student $90 $110
Tuesday Only $95 $100
Wednesday Only $95 $100

BCPARF Program is Now Available

What an amazing bunch of submissions we had this year. Lots and lots with good variety -- so much so that we had to make some hard choices to put together a program that fit in our conference format. We are pretty excited about the range of talks and speakers and hope you will be too. 
We have made the full transition now to an interactive (and easily updated) version of the program. You can download the App on your phones/tablets by downloading the free SCHED app (the symbol is a little spaceman) and then searching for BCPARF. For those of you who are 'device-less' you can also view the schedule online directly at   https://bcparf.sched.com/ . A limited number of hard copy schedules will be available at the registration desk when you check in.
Schedule updates will occur automatically with the app and you can make your own schedule with it if you like. 

Preconference walk/snowshoe in Forests for the World! If you are in Monday afternoon you are invited to join UNBC geographer extrordinaire Roger Wheate for a walk/snowshoe (snowshoes are available) on the Greenway trail with a loop around the pit house and recovery stop at the Moose pub! Email roger.wheate@unbc.ca

Keynote: Dr. Tara Martin

Prioritizing threat management for species persistence within BC

Dr Tara Martin is a Professor of Conservation Decision Science in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences at the University of British Columbia. Prior to this, she was a Principal Research Scientist with Australia’s National Science Agency, CSIRO where she founded and led the Conservation Decisions Team. Tara is a pioneer in the field of conservation decision making - combining ecological data with decision science to bridge the gap between research and on-ground conservation action and policy. Her current research interests include prioritizing threat management for biodiversity conservation; climate adaptation and mitigation under global change; understanding shifting baselines and informing eco-cultural restoration; and decision-making under uncertainty. Tara was recently awarded The Nature Conservancy Professor in Practice Award, Thomson Reuters Citation & Innovation Award for her work in Climate change decision making and a Wilburforce Conservation Fellowship. She co-leads the Climate Adaptation theme within the IUCN Climate Change Specialist Group. For more in her research visit www.taramartin.org – or email Tara.Martin@ubc.ca

You can still submit a Poster

If you would still like to submit a poster please select the menu item on the left side of the page 'Call for Submissions' or click here

Special Workshops Before/After and During BCPARF

This year we are organizing with partners a few special workshops to be held as part of the conference or before/after. More details will follow for each of these.

  • NOW FULL Systematic conservation planning prioritization tool for BC. Join Dr. Richard Schuster and colleagues for a 1/2 day workshop (December 3rd/Monday afternoon).There is a timely need for solutions-focused research for how best to adapt our business-as-usual practices to minimize our vulnerability to the risks posed by climate change. Despite the importance of protected areas (14.4% of BC's land base) and the large projected impacts of climate change on our natural systems, there is current no tool available to plan the establishment of protected areas in a way that is adaptive to future climate change.
    The core question we will address in partnership with The Nature Trust, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and BC Parks Foundation and others is: How can we adapt our conservation plans in BC to minimize the impacts of a changing climate? We are currently developing a ‘proof of concept’ tool for climate adaptive conservation planning in BC.
  • The goal for this workshop is to co-present our pilot tool, discuss initial results and identify priority research needs in collaboration with Federal, Provincial, Indigenous and NGO land-use planners interested in climate adaptation. The tool we propose to develop (provisionally called CAP-BC: Climate Adaptive Planning for British Columbia) will be, to our knowledge, the first development anywhere of a fully contained (data already preloaded), systematic conservation planning tool for climate change.
    If you are interested in registering for this workshop please email.

       
  • Removing barriers.  The BC Parks Future strategy states that “[p]eople living with disabilities should be able to enjoy outdoor activities with no barriers”, and acknowledges a need for on the ground accessibility assessments of park spaces. As part of the ‘Advancing Accessible and Inclusive Nature’ project, partners from the University of Northern British Columbia, Wilfred Laurier University, and Spinal Cord Injury BC will host an interactive workshop at BCPARF 2018 that brings together protected areas and accessibility scholars and practitioners to articulate a shared vision for a more accessible and inclusive parks system, and the needs of an evidenced based path to get there.  If you are interested in participating in this session please email mark.groulx@unbc.ca -- please help us by spreading the word about this session to interested colleagues.

Registration (EARLY BIRD RATES UNTIL Nov. 15) 

We've managed to keep the costs down for the BCPARF conference yet again and so conference registration rates remain frozen at previous levels. Morning and afternoon coffee and snacks as well as lunches are included in full registration. In addition, a 'stand-up dinner' (and no host bar) is included for the Tuesday night poster session and a special celebration. Registration is now open. Please click here!!

Earlybird (before Nov. 15) Late Registration
Full $180 $220
First Nations $90 $110
Student $90 $110
Tuesday Only $95 $100
Wednesday Only $95 $100

Accommodations

There are lots of places to stay in Prince George - most are fairly near the university but some are more easily accessible by public transportation and or shuttles. Here are a few you might want to check out - some with special rates for the conference.

Ramada Inn is located right downtown and minutes from several restaurants, brew pubs and coffee shops. As for the special conference rate by requesting the UNBC rate (118 for 2 queen beds/124 for 1 king). There is a parking facility and you are directly on the # 15 bus that services UNBC.

Coast Inn of the North is located right downtown and minutes from several restaurants, brew pubs and coffee shops. We have been given an excellent rate for this hotel at $106.00 for a comfort room when booked before November 6th. Please call 1.800.663.1144 and use the group booking code CIN-GFC14132.There is a parking facility and you are directly on the # 15 bus that services UNBC. Please see details on the attached flyer Coast Inn of the North

Sandman Hotel and Suites is located midway between UNBC and downtown (8 minute drive to either location) but has fewer restaurants in walking distance. It's great for those with cars and is 2 min walk from the # 15 bus that services UNBC. 

UNBC is serviced by Prince George Transit with a fairly good schedule. The number 15 and 18 bus are two of the more regular routes from downtown Prince George. 

Transportation

Air Canada, West Jet, Pacific Coastal (1 daily direct flight from Victoria). Central Mountain Air has some direct and connecting flights from northern communities and points in the Southern Interior and Alberta.

From the airport you can take an airport shuttle to UNBC and most of the hotels in town (and other locations). You can arrange for a pick-up for return trips. You don't need a reservation to get a ride from the airport but it doesn't help to have one (so that they ensure they have enough shuttles there). 

Getting around Prince George:

  • UNBC is on a number of regular City Bus  routes (e.g., # 15). 
  • Car - pay parking is available on campus. Record your license plate number and pay at a pay station inside the University.

Previous Conferences

Check out the previous BCPARF conferences and view the conference programs and abstracts by selecting the Past Conferences menu item.