Summary: Ray Coupe, Forest and Range Ecologist
Mr Ray Coupé is a forest and range ecologist who has worked as a research ecologist
with the British Columbia Forest Service for over 35 years. Over much of this time Ray
has had played the lead role in the development, extension and application of the
Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region. He was also a
lead in the recent development of a predicted ecosystem mapping project for the Cariboo-
Chilcotin region of south central British Columbia (8 million ha). Mr. Coupé has guest
lectured university courses and has given numerous lectures and field training sessions in
forest and range ecology.
Ray has also lead and participated in a wide range of ecological research topics such as
non-timber forest products, silvicultural systems research to maintain critical wildlife
habitat, vegetation management, forest regeneration techniques, grassland restoration,
frost prediction modelling, pyric herbivory and First Nations traditional use plants. Mr.
Coupé also has provided technical support to land use planning and strategies (CCLUP,
Grassland Strategy, Protected Area Strategy) in the Cariboo-Chilcotin. He is well
recognized for his knowledge of the vascular flora of the province and their ecology and
has co-authored several plant identification guides for interior British Columbia.