Field Tours

Field tours will take place on Thursday September 17th, 2015. With the exception of Field Tour E, the field tours are included in the full registration fee, and include lunch. For more information, please contact

Option A: Forest Science Field Tour (45 spots)
8:30 am to 5 pm
No additional fee

FT ADuring this tour, we will travel a short distance north of Kenora to visit : (1) a Picetum trial established in 1969 – one of only 10 sites in the world (Ontario has 6 and there is one each in Hawaii, BC, Mexico and Scotland, (2) two Permanent Growth Plots established in 2003 (one planted to Sb, and one cut and walk) as part of a forestry co-operative investigating stand dynamics, and (3) an operational Sb plantation sampled by stem analysis as part of a project investigating stem taper and carbon budgets. In addition, staff from the Kenora Fire Centre will give us a real-time demonstration of how certain values in the forest can be protected by a sprinkler system.




Pw RegenOption B: Elk and Pine Field Tour (45 spots)**SOLD OUT!
8 am to 5 pm
No addtional fee

This tour will take you south of Kenora to examine an elk reintroduction site around Cameron Lake, and look at Northwestern Ontario white and red pine management.



ELAOption C: IISD Experimental Lakes Area Field Tour (90 spots)
8:45 am to 6:00 pm
No additional fee

This tour will take you about an hours drive east of Kenora to the world renowned IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA). The tour will include interaction with scientists currently gathering data. Participants will also learn about past research findings. This day-long tour will include transportation and lunch. Click here to visit their website, and here to download a brochure.

“IISD-ELA is the place for high-impact science. It is unlike any other facility for its ability to answer the big and pressing questions.”

PB TourOption D: Lake of the Woods Conservation Reserve Prescribed Burns Field Tour (25 spots) **SOLD OUT!
8 am to 5 pm
No additional fee

This tour will wind through beautiful Lake of the Woods and will stop at several islands that have had prescribed burn treatments applied to them, as well as islands where natural wildfires have occurred. The tour will include interaction with individuals responsible for implementing the prescribed burn project and gathering important data. This day long tour will include boat transportation and lunch.

LOW Fishing TourOption E: Fishing Tour on Lake of the Woods (30 spots)
8 am to 4 pm
Additional fee: $175 with full conference registration ($195 without full conference registration)

Enjoy a day of fishing on the world famous Lake of the Woods. Walleye, bass, and northern pike are just a few of the species you can target. All fishing equipment is provided. Enjoy a traditional shore lunch on one of the many scenic islands. 30 spots available!

Note: You must obtain an Ontario fishing license to take part in the tour. A one-day fishing license is available on-line.

CIFFCOption F: Manitoba Field Tour
8 am to 5 pm
No additional fee

This tour will pick you up in Kenora and drop you off in Winnipeg in the evening on September 17th. On the way, we will see: (1) a 50-year-old CFS pine spacing trial, (2) a bio-ash fertilization trial and assisted migration trial, (3) the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC).