The objectives of this project are to develop a spatial risk assessment tool, locally effective management strategies, and draft Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) indicators for invasive plants in the Prince George Timber Supply Area (PGTSA). The project is broken down into the following five phases of which this document summarizes Phase I, undertaken from December 2006 to March 2007. Phase I. Complete an investigation of invasive plant spatial risk assessment, management, indicators, and strategies developed in other areas for consideration in the PGTSA. Phase II. Develop a preliminary model (2007-2008). Phase III. Test the model with field sampling (2007-2008). Phase IV. Incorporate field verification, operational test, and finalize model (2007-2008). Phase V. Provide local management strategies and draft SFM indicators for the PGTSA. (2007-2008). There are two key pieces of legislation in British Columbia listing invasive plant species that require active control in the province. According to current inventory, 13 of the 48 noxious weeds listed in the BC Weed Control Act, and 20 of the 42 species listed under the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA) occur in the PGTSA. Prevention of species that do not yet occur in this region is recommended. Invasive plants have biological traits that allow them to aggressively compete with native species and are often well adapted to establish in disturbed and degraded habitats. Depending on species, they produce vast numbers of long-lived seeds and aggressively reproduce by vegetative growth. Invasive plants are able to effectively disperse through vectors such as transportation and utility corridors, resource development, wind, and water.
prepared by EDI Environmental Dynamics Inc.
EDI Environmental Dynamics Inc., Mackay, Cathy; Watson, Jody. 2007. Spatial risk assessment, local management strategies and SFM indicators for invasive plants in the Prince George timber supply area: phase 1. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program - Innovative. Forest Investment Account Report
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forest, Investment, Account, (FIA), Invasive, Plants, British, Columbia
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