25th Session of the International Poplar Commission (IPC) of FAO
'Poplars and other fast-growing trees - renewable resources for future green economies'
September 13-16, 2016
This major international event of the International Poplar Commission (IPC), a statutory subsidiary body of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN, was hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. It included 4 days of plenary and concurrent technical presentations and posters, as well as 3 consecutive one-day pre-conference field tours and 2 different 4-day post-conference field tours. The Session was attended by more than 200 participants from 37 countries, including 7 from Canada. Barb Thomas, past chair of the Poplar and Willow Council of Canada was re-elected to the IPC Executive Committee for a 4-year term.
Article by Cees van Oosten on Post-Conference tour to Sweden
FAO site for IPC Session: www.fao.org/forestry/ipc2016/en/
2016 Poplar and Willow Council of Canada Annual Meeting
July 19-20. 2016
A small but interesting event was organized and hosted by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) in Regina in conjunction with the annual business meeting of the PWCC. Twelve participants from six Canadian Provinces took part in the two-day gathering which had the general theme of 'Exploiting poplar and willow genetics for environmental applications.' On the first day, there were a total of eight oral and poster technical presentations ranging from reflections on poplar breeding at Indian Head to exploiting the genetic resources for Populus trichocarpa and P. balsamifera. On the second day participants traveled to Indian Head for a series of field visits on the Indian Head Research Farm of AAFC and nearby area.
2015 Poplar and Willow Council of Canada Annual Meeting
Abitibi-Témiscamingue region, Quebec
September 15-18, 2015
Hosted and organized by the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) at UQAT's Lac-Duparquet Forest Research Station, this small-scale but very successful event brought together 17 participants from 4 different countries for 3 days of technical presentations and field tours in the boreal forest of northwest Quebec. The focus was on poplar and willow management in natural settings, and site reclamation with poplar and willow, with 10 oral presentations, visits to several hybrid poplar plantation trials and to revegetation trials of gold mine waste rock piles and tailing pond berms. Participants included the two 2015 winners of the PWCC/UBC Student Travel Awards who presented papers on their work.
6th International Poplar Symposium - IPS VI
University of British Columbia
July 20-23, 2014. (Post-symposium field tours July 24-28.)
The Symposium included three days of oral and poster presentations, followed by a full day of field visits to poplar plantations and natural ecosystems in the Lower Fraser Valley. An additional three-day field tour to the Okanagan Valley in the south-central interior of British Columbia added the possibility of visits to poplar plantations irrigated by landfill leachate or municipal wastewater, as well as aspen-based industry, conifer tree improvement trials and operations, and a nut tree farm.
Short Rotation Woody Crops Operations Working Group meeting
Seattle, WA, USA
July 17-19, 2014
The meeting included a day and a half of techical sessions on the theme of "Woody Crops: Production alternatives for multiple uses", as well as a half day to visit a demonstration site of poplars for biofuels near Seattle. A 2-day pre-conference tour provided an opportunity to visit GreenWood Resources plantings in the Boardman, OR area.
For information about the meeting, including abstracts of presentations: www.woodycrops.org/UpcomingMeetings/
International Poplar Commission (IPC) Working Party 6 'Environmental Applications' Workshop
Gisborne, New Zealand
March 10-12, 2014
The workshop was hosted by Plant and Food Research and the New Zealand Poplar and Willow Research Trust. It included a full day of technical presentations on the theme of 'Erosion control: the role of poplars and willows in holding slopes' followed by two days of field visits illustrating the use of poplars and willows to control soil erosion in the pastoral hill country of the northeast coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Three members of the Poplar and Willow Council participated in the workshop.
13th Biennial North American Agroforestry Conference (NAAC) including Poplar Council annual meeting
June 19-21, 2013. (Pre-conference tour June 18, starting in Fredericton, NB.)
The conference included a day and a half of invited and volunteer oral and poster presentations, as well as a full day of field visits on sites across Prince Edward Island. An optional pre-conference tour also showed agroforestry trials and activities in New Brunswick. The Poplar Council of Canada held its annual meeting in conjunction with the conference.
International Poplar Commission 24th Session
"Improving Lives with Poplars and Willows"
29 October - 2 November 2012
This major international event of the International Poplar Commission (IPC), a statutory technical body of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN was hosted by the Indian Council for Forestry Research and Education and the Forest Research Institute. It included 4 days of plenary and concurrent technical presentations and posters, as well as a 2-day pre-conference field tour and a 4-day post-conference field tour. The Session was attended by more than 200 participants from 22 countries, including 6 from Canada. Poplar Council chair Barb Thomas was elected to the IPC Executive Committee.
FAO site for IPC Session: www.fao.org/forestry/ipc2012/en
21-23 August 2012
Organized by the Genetics Working Group of the Poplar Council and the Direction de la recherche forestière, Ministère des Ressource naturelles et de la Faune du Québec, this event included a 1-day workshop meeting in Ste-Foy focussed on genetics and breeding (followed by the Poplar Council of Canada Annual Business Meeting of members) and 2 days of fieldtours to the Rimouski and Saguenay areas. The workshop was attended by 21 people, of whom about 15 also participated in the fieldtour.
'Poplars and Willows on the Prairies: Traditional Practices meet Innovative Applications'
18-22 September, 2011
Post-conference field tour to Fort McMurray Oil Sands
23-24 September, 2011
A joint event of the Poplar Council of Canada, International Poplar Commission 'Environmental Applications' Working Party (WP6) and the Poplar Council of the United States. The program included technical presentations, discussion and several days of field visits.