what we do

We provide a wide array of forestry and ecological services across Alberta.

Regeneration Surveys

Apical has been doing regeneration surveys since 2003, and as the surveys changed so has Apical, moving from a paper to a spatial digital data system. All surveys are georeferenced and processed in a format compliant with our customers.  We hire external auditors to ensure that quality standards are met.

Our surveyors have expertise in and are training compliant for all RSA surveys:

  • Stocking
  • CSR
  • Establishment
  • Aerial Performance
  • Non-Photo Performance

We provide a turn-key  service for our customers!

Regeneration Surveys

Forestry research projects 

Foothills Growth and Yield (FGYA)

Apical Forestry is a consultant for the Foothills Growth and Yield Association.  We assist in the forecasting and monitoring of the growth and yield of managed lodgepole pin stands.  We completed the initial ecological site classification to determine the best locations.  In addition to establishing numerous sites, we have also been responsible for site maintenance, measurement, and tending needs of the sites since their inception. 

Tree Improvement Progeny Site

We have years of experience collecting seeds and scions from a wide variety of species  for tree improvement programs for companies in Alberta. Our work involves both large silviculture programs as well as more technical programs.

We have experience in the following:

  • Tracking superior trees in Alberta FMAs
  • Collection and measurement of seeds, cones and scions
  • Locating and establishing site areas: laying out pigtails and planting the sites.
  • Site maintenance

Western Boreal Growth and Yield (WESBOGY)

Another long-term project, our company provides maintenance and measurements services of WESBOGY sites, many of which have been established for more than 25 years.  Our work contributes to the research into stand dynamics and the growth and yield of white spruce and aspen.

Woodland Caribou and Lichen 

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

Apical Forestry assists researchers studying the general movements and feeding habits of caribou.  The research examines the effects of logging on the growth of terrestrial lichens, a main source of food for caribou during the winter months. 

Forestry Research

Tree planting  

We focus on technical and specialized planting such as reclaimed leases, roads, and specific cutblocks.

Our extensive planning process includes ordering the correct seedlots, coordinating with scarification companies, planning proper site treatment, and navigating difficult access – ask our planters!  Combining this with the coordination of scarifying equipment and planning proper treatment has made Apical a leader in forest reclamation in Alberta. We hire only experienced planters with solid quality reputations. 

 

We can take on your entire project and deliver our services on budget and on time while meeting and exceeding safety standards.

Tree Planting

Permanent Sample Plots 

Apical Forestry has been providing Permanent Sample Plot (PSP) establishment and remeasure services across Alberta for many years. Our customers include both industry and government. Our accurate data collection and measurements help companies understand the stand dynamics on their land bases. We developed a digital data collection tool for use in the field to improve data collection and efficiency. 

Projects are completed to meet the economic needs of our industry and government clients, who are more than satisfied with the product we provide!

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. Apical has completed a variety of different research PSP’s over the years from Grande Prairie to High Level, Sundre,  Fort McMurray, Blue Ridge and more! 

Permanent Sample Plots

Pre-harvest assessments 

If you need ecological land classifications done, Apical has both the background and expertise to do the job, including soil classifications to the great groups and more.  PHA assessments will give you the information needed to choose the best method of harvesting, scarifying, and planting. These choices can make all the difference on achieving free to grow and keep costs down.   As with other services, we continue to make technological advances to make data collection from efficient.

Our PHA services will help you maximize your growth potential!

If you need ecological land classifications done, Apical has both the background and expertise to do the job, including soil classifications to the great groups and more.  PHA assessments will give you the information needed to choose the best method of harvesting, scarifying, and planting. These choices can make all the difference on achieving free to grow and keep costs down.   As with other services, we continue to make technological advances to make data collection from efficient.

Our PHA services will help you maximize your growth potential!

Pre-Harvest Assessment

Herbicide monitoring and layout 

Apical has extensive experience with herbicide layout and monitoring for both aerial and backpack spraying programs provides another turn key service, managing the entire process from informing the public to government reporting.  

Permanent Sample Plots

Stand tending

As the practice of forestry moves from basic reforestation towards continual stand maintenance, tending prescriptions will insure that future stand growth is optimized.  Proper species control and density management optimize crown development and therefore maximize the value of regenerating stands.

We can help you optimize your future stand growth with our experience with stand tend maintenance and prescriptions.

Pre-Harvest Assessment

Seed, scion and cone collection/ordering 

We have years of experience doing seed and scion collection for tree improvement programs for companies in Alberta, collecting from a wide variety of species, from aspen to black spruce, pine and willow.

Whether you have a bulk silviculture program or more technical needs, we can help you with superior tree collection.

Seed, scion and cone collection/ordering

FRIAA Service provider

Apical is proud to be a service provider for FRIAA for the Grande Prairie, Hinton and Peace River areas.  We manage the silviculture practices of land bases harvested under the Community Timber Program (CTP).  We take great pride and responsibility in this work and continue to be excited about practicing silviculture in a responsible and cost-effective manner. 

Pre-Harvest Assessment

1-780-538-1953

#204 9926-111 Avenue,
Grande Prairie, AB T8V 4C3