The overall objective of this Expert System (ES) project is to extend the results and interpretation of previous and continuing long-term vegetation management research studies to the forestry community, in the form of an easily accessible decision support tool. The Expert System for Site Preparation and Vegetation Management in Southern Interior B.C. is a web-based tool to assist in making decisions about site preparation and brushing treatments. When considering whether or not to apply site preparation or vegetation management treatments on a particular site it is necessary to consider a wide variety of factors, such as:
(1) the relative importance of various limiting factors, including vegetation abundance, on seedling performance;
(2) predicted development of the post-harvest vegetation community;
(3) expected conifer and vegetation responses to a range of possible treatments; and
(4) constraints to treatment application.
It is difficult for silviculturists to integrate the wide variety of information that is currently available, and consider how it relates to the specific characteristics of a particular site. This interactive, web-based Expert System has been developed to assist silviculturists in making decisions about site preparation and vegetation management treatments in the southern interior of B.C. This tool synthesizes information from a variety of sources, including PROBE (PRotocol for Operational Brushing Evaluation), published research studies, and a variety of regional experts, and allows the user to comprehensively evaluate a variety of treatment options. Forest practitioners lack sufficient time to thoroughly investigate and synthesize this large body of leading-edge information; the Expert System provides them with a quick method of comparing options and considering a large complex of factors as they develop their prescriptions.
Sachs, Donald L.. 2006. Expert System for making site preparation and vegetation management decisions in southern interior BC. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report