ROCKY MOUNTAIN

About The Section

Rocky Mountain Section

The Rocky Mountain Section (RMS) is comprised of CIF members from Alberta. Our mission is to provide value to RMS members through linkages to the programs and activities of CIF National, providing learning and networking opportunities, introducing students to the CIF, and recognizing outstanding achievement through provision of professional and student awards.

Our Objectives

  1. Organization and delivery of one-day technical sessions on forestry-oriented topics selected in consultation with the RMS membership.
  2. Introducing the CIF to forestry students through presentations, networking opportunities, and sponsorship of student engagement with the CIF including CIF events, Silver Rings and provisions of several student awards.
  3. Supporting the membership to take full advantage of the programs and resources provided by CIF National.
  4. Recognizing significant contributions of forest practitioners through CIF National Awards.
  5. Actively provide current forestry news regarding the CIF and announcements from the forestry community through our Section website and social media channels.
  6. Linking with related organizations working on forest management, education and research issues in support of providing value to RMS members.

What We Do

We deliver our objectives through events, technical sessions, field tours, and meetings among members and council.

Council Members

The activities and business of the Rocky Mountain Section Council are managed by a 14-member council consisting of a Director, Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, 6 councillors, and 4 student representatives (senior and junior from each of the University of Alberta (UofA) and Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)

POSITION NAME
Director Milton Davies
Chair Lindsay Dent
Brad Pinno
Treasurer Vacant
Councillors Mark Kube
Bentley Fawcett
Josh Robinson
Maria Sharpe
Amanda Schoonmaker
Doug Wilkinson
NAIT Student Reps Cass Spencer (Sr. Rep)
TBD (Jr. Rep)
U of A Student Reps Rene Belland (Sr. Rep)
TBD (Jr. Rep)

Events

Upcoming Section Events

CIF-Rocky Mountain Section Technical Workshop, Section AGM and Quiz Bowl

Please note: this event has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.  Understanding the Operational Challenges of Operating Equipment in a Diverse Range of Forest Soil Conditions in Alberta The CIF Rocky Mountain Section is hosting a spring technical session! The CIF RMS Section AGM and Quiz Bowl will be hosted in conjunction with the […]

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CIF-Rocky Mountain Section Technical Workshop – Emerging Technologies in Forestry

Please note: this event has been cancelled. For additional information, contact: Beverly Wilson at rms.cif@gmail.com Emerging Technologies in Forestry The CIF-IFC Rocky Mountain Section is hosting a fall technical session! Forest practitioners in Alberta were early adopters in using lidar in forest management, so there are no reasons to think that we won’t embrace the […]

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Past Section Events

November 23, 2023 | CIF Rocky Mountain Section Workshop – Climate Change Adaptation in Forestry

Adapting our forests for the future climate is a key priority for sustainable forest management. At this workshop we will hear from leading researchers, practitioners, and policy makers about the key issues, challenges and opportunities related to climate change adaptation of our forests. The morning will feature presentations from experts and the afternoon will include an interactive workshop. There will also be a networking event later in the afternoon.

To access the presentations from the Tech Session, click here!


October 12, 2023 | CIF Rocky Mountain Section Field Workshop – Commercial Thinning Demonstration

This is an opportunity to see commercial thinning in action! Join CIF – Rocky Mountain Section to see a live commercial thinning demonstration with a harvester and forwarder. Vanderwell Contractors will provide an overview of their commercial thinning operations and then we will have the opportunity to see the equipment and harvesting in action. This event will take place south of Kinuso at the end of the Swan River Road. Participants will be responsible for getting to the site and providing their own PPE (hard hat, vest, boots, safety glasses).

For event information, click here!


November 24, 2022 | CIF-Rocky Mountain Section Technical Workshop – Emerging Technologies in Forestry

The CIF-IFC Rocky Mountain Section is hosting a fall technical session! Forest practitioners in Alberta were early adopters in using lidar in forest management, so there are no reasons to think that we won’t embrace the next round of emerging technologies, ranging from artificial intelligence to big data to using tree DNA. The upcoming in-person CIF-RMS Technical Session, on November 24, 2022, will highlight how these emerging technologies can be used to take us to the next level in forest management in Alberta.

For event information, click here!


April 21, 2022 | CIF-Rocky Mountain Section Technical Session – Indigenous Rights in Forest Management

The CIF Rocky Mountain Section hosted a technical session that included a diverse lineup of speakers from indigenous communities, industry, government and legal sectors will share their perspectives in areas like: what are the current legal and policy requirements for Indigenous consultation and engagement in Alberta, how are others approaching Indigenous engagement in forest management, and are there any legislative or policy changes forthcoming that may impact how indigenous engagement occurs.

To access the presentations from the Tech Session, click here!


November 25, 2021 | CIF-Rocky Mountain Section Technical Session – Climate Change & Forest Management: What are the impacts and what are we doing about it?  

The CIF Rocky Mountain Section hosted a technical session that included a diverse lineup of speakers from industry, government and the scientific community will share their expertise on: how climate change can be assessed in relation to forest management, how climate change can be considered and incorporated into forest management planning, how carbon is considered, and how wildfire management and climate change are related.

To access the presentations from the Tech Session, click here!


April 22, 2021 | CIF-Rocky Mountain Section Technical Session – The Changing Face of Silviculture: From basic to intensive management.  

The CIF Rocky Mountain Section hosted a technical session on the changing face of silviculture. Speakers from industry, government and the scientific community from across Canada discussed silvicultural practices ranging from basic to intensive management and their influence on the sustainability of Alberta’s forests.

To access the presentations from the Tech Session, click here!
To view the event agenda, click here!


Feb 25, 2021 | CIF-IFC Practitioners Forum: Strategies to advance sustainable forests

A technical forum was hosted by CIF National in collaboration with the Caribou and Rocky Mountain Sections to advance knowledge and identify needs and gaps pertaining to the characterization of forest biomass, and growth and yield of trees under global change and adaptive silviculture.

To view the event agenda and access presentations, click here!


November 19, 2020 | CIF-Rocky Mountain Session Technical Session – Timber Supply in Alberta’s forests: These are risky times

The CIF Rocky Mountain Section hosted a technical session for practitioners interested in sustainability of and intensive investment in Alberta’s forests in times of risk from fire, insects, erratic weather and other factors that influence the long-term success of our forests and communities.

To access the presentations from the Tech Session, click here!
To view the event agenda, click here!


November 14, 2019 | CIF-Rocky Mountain Section Technical Session – Indigenous Consultation and Forestry: Finding common ground and learning from Indigenous knowledge

The CIF Rocky Mountain Section hosted a technical session for forestry professionals, Indigenous community representatives and students interested in networking, collaborating and expanding their understanding of Indigenous consultation, policy and Indigenous knowledge.

To access the presentation workshops click here!
For event information click  here!


April 17, 2019 |CIF-Rocky Mountain Section Technical Session – Getting Spatial Information from UAVS (Drones) or Terrestrial Laser Scanners: What do you need to know?

The CIF Rocky Mountain Section hosted a technical session for managers and practitioners looking to increase their knowledge and understanding of UAV’s (Drones) and Terrestrial Laser Scanners and their applications to enhance and improve sustainable forest and natural resource management.

To access the presentations of the workshop click here!
For event information click  here!


November 22, 2017 | CIF-Rocky Mountain Section Technical Session – Integrating Wildland Fire Risk in Forest Management Planning

The CIF Rocky Mountain Section hosted a technical session for practitioners interested in expanding their understanding of wildfire and learning how to account for fire in their management of forest lands to sustain resilient forests, industries and communities.

To access the presentations of the workshop click here!
For event information click  here!


May 11, 2017 | CIF-Rocky Mountain Section Technical Session and Annual General Meeting – Alberta’s Silviculture Evolved

The CIF Rocky Mountain Section hosted a technical session that provided an update on classic silviculture subjects such as site preparation and herbicide use, described the innovation that has arisen in the industry in the past few years, and also presented the current application of silviculture in relation to reclamation of industrial sites. The Rocky Mountain Section AGM followed the Technical Session.

For registration and more information for this event please click here!

To access the presentations of the workshop click here!


January, 2017 | Forests without Borders – Alberta Caucus Update

Click here for an update from the FwB, Alberta Caucus


December 1, 2016 |CIF-Rocky Mountain Section Technical Session – Seismic Line Restoration

The CIF Rocky Mountain Section hosted a technical session on seismic line restoration. The goal of this session was to facilitate discussion and provide updated information on current land-use planning, policy, research and strategies surrounding development and reclamation of seismic lines in Alberta’s boreal forest.

Click here to learn all about the event and access conference posters

Section Contact

Connect With Us

Visit our website or follow us on social media to stay up to date with everything forestry related in this Section. If you have any questions or inquires, please feel free to contact our Section directly.

RMS email:

rms.cif@gmail.com