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IPS VI - final news bulletin

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The Organizing Team for the International Poplar Symposium VI (IPS VI), held in Vancouver, British Columbia in July 2014, is pleased to announce that IPS VI generated a surplus of $31,773 CAD for the combined symposium and post-conference field tours.  Again, the team would like to thank all the generous sponsors and IPS VI participants who helped make IPS VI a success.

Over the last several months, the Organizing Team met, worked out and adopted a proposal to put this surplus to good use.  As as result, a significant amount of work has been supported by the efforts of the Organizing Team.  Many thanks also go to the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (BC Government) which generously provided matching funds for the Septoria musiva (stem canker) - Survey Projects.

And last, but not least, the Organizing Team would like to thank the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia (UBC) for hosting IPS VI.

Please click on the links below to read the details for each of the five IPS-VI-funded causes:

1. Septoria musiva (stem canker) - Survey Projects - $8,000

Surveys of the incidence of Septoria musiva stem cankers in two Populus trichocarpa trials that were inadvertently established in the Septoria musiva-infected area east of Vancouver, BC.

2. Collection and Quarantine of Selected Poplar Genotypes - $5,000

Rescue and propagation in quarantine of selected genotypes from the Septoria musiva-infected Harrison Mills poplar stoolbed and archive facility in the eastern Fraser Valley near Agassiz, east of Vancouver, BC.

3. PWCC⁄UBC Student Travel Award - $10,000

A fund managed by the Poplar and Willow Council of Canada (PWCC) to financially assist student members who are planning to make oral presentations of their research papers at poplar and willow-related national and⁄or international meetings.

4. Post-Symposium Tour Stops - Non-profit Societies - $1,500

Donations to three non-profit societies involved in conservation of natural and special ecosystems.

5. Conservation of PopCan Genetic Resource - $7,273

To ensure land rental costs can be covered over a three-year period for an existing Populus trichocarpa clonebank at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.