Services — Apical Forestry Consulting Ltd

By: Apical Forestry  09-12-2011
Keywords: Forestry, Surveys

Pre Harvest Assessments and Pre Harvest Silviculture Prescriptions:

Apical Forestry Consulting was formed from Mackenzie Reforestation Ltd. a company that pioneered pre-harvest silviculture prescriptions in Alberta. The employees of Apical to date have completed over 100,000 ha of site specific silviculture prescriptions for industrial clients in Alberta and British Columbia. Choosing the best strategy and type of harvesting, scarifying and planting can make all the difference on achieving free to grow, as well as keeping the costs down.

As the practice of forestry moves from meeting the needs of basic reforestation into the need for continual stand maintenance, tending prescriptions will insure that future stand growth is optimized. Species control and density management will optimize crown development for optimum value of regenerating stands. The foresters and technicians of Apical have prepared over 45,000 ha of stand tending prescriptions for industrial clients throughout Alberta. Doing the correct tending prescriptions can save significant dollars and get you to free to grow ASAP,  saving everyone money.

Our technicians use the most up to date hardware and software to generate GPS and GIS files. We have used GPS to map cut blocks, stand tending polygons, site index trees, road locations, watercourse crossings, superior cone collections and site preparation treatment unit boundaries. Apical’s staff have processed over 19,000 ha (>4.4 million linear metres) of layout data over the past two years.

With the combined abilities of a staff well trained in layout and GPS, Apical has a formidable layout team. Our team uses a combination of aerial photos, ortho photos, AVI and contour maps to complete the task efficiently and accurately. We want it done right the first time because there isn’t a second chance when reputation is at stake.

Permanent sample plots (PSP) are research plots designed to provide up-to-date volume and growth information.  These plots are distributed throughout the forested area and give the companies an idea of the stand dynamics that are occurring within on their landbase.  Our company understands that accurate permanent sample plot measurements are important information used to implement long term and sustainable plans. We have completed more than 100 over the past couple of years.


Through our experience in pre harvest assessments (PHA), we have extensive experience determining soil, vegetation, and geographical land classifications. Our technicians and foresters have the ability to create and validate off site ELC results.

Through design and implementation of permanent sample plots, land classifications, site index calculations, species management, density control, and pre commercial thinning, we can implement strategies to increase volumes from timber lands. We have been involved in assisting with budget analysis and budget planning of AOP for companies in Grande Prairie and Hinton.

Apical Forestry Consulting Ltd. has extensive experience in the preparation and delivery of safety programs for the forest industry. We can competently write safety plans, carry out safety and audit inspections, and conduct peer audits in the fields of logging and silviculture operations.

Our foresters and technicians have experience in managing tree-planting quality assessments. Apical Forestry Consulting Ltd. has years of experience in stock quality, handling, logistics, pay plot inspections, audit documentation, and productivity analysis. As well as tree shipment monitoring, ordering and hiring of planting contractors.

Apical has been involved in 2 years of herbicide layout and monitoring for both aerial and backpack spraying. We have been involved in the entire process from informing the public to the government reporting. We currently have two staff with their Pesticide Applicator Certificate (Industrial and Forestry).


Our technicians have extensive experience in conducting stocking surveys to assess early planting survival and efficacy of site preps and stock choices. Our employees are also year 2006 compliant in the area of regeneration surveys (50000 ha completed in the three past years). Apical is a leader in data collection.  We have been involved in doing a number of Volume Sampling Plots and Crusing Plots as well.

Apical has quite a substantial amount of experience with timber cruising and analysis.  Our latest project included laying out and cruising over 1500 ha of CTP cut blocks throughout Alberta.  The technicians and foresters on staff use both government and single stem calculations to produce volumes for areas laid out.

     Foothills Pine Growth and Yield:

The Foothills Pine Growth and Yield (FPGY) association is comprised of eleven companies and organizations operating on the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies.  In 2000, with the help of the Foothills Research Institute, these companies started a co-operative to forecast and monitor the growth and yield of managed lodgepole pine stands.   Apical has considerable experience with FPGY.  We were part of the initial planning process for site establishment. By completing ecological site classification for each site,  we were able to determine the best locations. We have been solely responsible     for the maintenance, measurements and tending needs of the sites since their creation in 2001.

     Progeny Site:

We have been involved in all aspects of progeny sites from establishment and maintenance to measuring the trees.

       Woodland Caribou and Lichen Research:

The woodland caribou is a federally listed endangered species in Canada.  Companies have identified that tradational forest practices do not meet the needs of these animals and have been developing strategies to lessen the impact of forest activities on the caribou populations.

Apical has been able to assist researchers examining the feeding habits of caribou and their general movements.  This research project looked at the effects of logging on the growth of terrestrial lichens, a main source of food for caribou during the winter months.

       Western Boreal Growth and Yield (WESBOGY)

The staff of Apical has been involved with the maintenance and measurement of WESBOGY sites. We are currently involved with two sites. One south of Grande Prairie, while the other is north of Edson.

  The purpose of these research sites are to gain a better understanding of the stand dynamics and growth and yield of white spruce and aspen.  Numerous other related research projects have been conducted at these sites, all relating to aspen or white spruce stand growth.

Our certified surveyors have completed over 6000 ha of MPB surveys throughout Alberta in the past few years. Our surveyors have completed large contracts for ASRD and smaller contracts for sites such as mill yards, progeny sites and seed orchards.

Keywords: Forestry, Surveys

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