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

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

Call for Presentations is now Open! 

Please select the menu item on the left side of the page 'Call for Submissions' or click here

This call for submissions opens on July 7 and has been extended until October 15th. We welcome submissions from researchers, from those using the results of research and from protected areas managers and staff with challenges that might be solved by research. Submissions should focus on issues and topics related to BC Protected Areas.

The format for the conference will follow previous conferences (look at the past conference tab for examples) with an opening keynote on Monday night, a plenary each morning and concurrent sessions in between. Tuesday starting at five will be our poster session and special event celebrating 25 years of Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation. A stand-up dinner, no-host bar, short films and music are in the works!!! 

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.

  • Systematic conservation planning prioritization tool for BC. Join Dr. Richard Schuster and colleagues for a 1/2 day workshop (December 3rd/Monday afternoon).Conservation planning can be challenging because researchers, managers, and stakeholders must consider a range of different objectives and constraints, and require analytical tools tailored to specific tasks. The spatial planning tool we are creating for the province of British Columbia is a web-base, graphical user interface, using the R software package prioritzr, a flexible interface for solving conservation planning problems. Our goal is to produce an inclusive platform for interested groups in the province to contribute to and use this tool. The web-based tool should allow for a novice stakeholder to devise a high-quality, data-driven spatial plan in a short time. This is a hands-on workshop. 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.


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 October 30th) Late Registration
Full $180 $220
First Nations $90 $110
Student $90 $110
Tuesday Only $95 $100
Wednesday Only $95 $100


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. 


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.