Research and Development
Spectrum conducts scientific research projects that relate to a wide variety of forest health and vegetation management activities. A number of Industries that have a legal obligation to control vegetation have contracted Spectrum to conduct relevant research trials and produce technical reports and publications. Companies that are concerned with the control of invasive or competitive vegetation species or those interested in exploring options for the re-vegetation of reclaimed land will benefit from the work done by Spectrum's Research and Development Department.
Over the past five years, Spectrum has carried out a number of studies that have contributed towards new and more effective approaches to operations. Some examples of research projects initiated include: A long-term study on herbicide efficacy and competitive vegetation treatment regimes in varying British Columbia and Alberta ecozones, and a detailed study on pyrolysis techniques to control the impact and spread of mountain pine beetle in lodgepole (Pinus contorta) and jack pine (Pinus banksiana) trees. This type of research enables industry players to make more informed resource management decisions.