Fibre-supply operations are an increasingly key aspect of the forest industry and the recent signing of a collaborative partnership between FPInnovations and University of British Columbia associate professor in the department of forest resources management, Dominik Roeser, will create new opportunities for sharing knowledge, resources, and best practices that will benefit FPInnovations' members, students, and the forest industry.
The memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by FPInnovations' senior director of Sustainable Fibre Supply, Denis Cormier and Roeser, appoints Roeser as an FPInnovations senior associate. The MOU aims to establish an innovative approach for a fibre-supply operations strategy, as well as evaluate options to introduce new technologies that will improve fibre supply. "Our members will benefit from this MOU because it strengthens our link with the University of British Columbia (UBC), improves the value of the services we offer them, and will help train a future generation of foresters," says Cormier.
The partnership has established specific areas of research, which include developing strategies for alleviating fibre shortage, increasing biomass supply from harvest residues, improving operational deployment for wildfire prevention, and mitigating impacts to forest operations from climate change.
Roeser is a former FPInnovations senior director who has been conducting forest-industry research for nearly 20 years. "I'm glad to be fostering cooperative bonds with FPInnovations," says Roeser. "We have the same interests and objectives and we'll work in synergy to achieve the desired outcomes for the betterment of forestry operations, with a specific focus on finding innovative solutions for fibre procurement. The partnership will also lead to opportunities for students to be exposed to research and development in the forest industry."
The joint investment in knowledge and information sharing will help raise the profile of forest engineering research in B.C. and encourage novel approaches to industry issues by openly exchanging developments and approaches that will eventually lead to collaborative projects.