The deliverables from the project are a sound set of investigative and experimental plots producing valuable and unique data. Data analysis and modelling are funded separately via FSP projects. The focus of this project is the establishment and measurement of the edge and experimental plots. Note: data measurement costs vary from year to year (for instance new windthrow and weather conditions slows down work considerably) it is not possible to precisely estimate measurement costs. Specifically plans are to use the following priorities:
1. Edge sites: one site 5409 (Port McNeill) natural regeneration; this is an edge study site with four 50m transects oriented away from retention patches in four cardinal directions. Plots are comprised of western hemlock, western red cedar, amabilis fir and Sitka spruce. At this site, due to the profusion of natural regeneration we just measured the natural regeneration in 2008-2009 prior to measuring the planted trees later in the year.
2. Experimental sites: priority on measurements at: LL55 (Powell River 10ha dispersed retention experiment with clearcut, 5% and 15% retention) and GI100 (Powell River Goat Island 100ha site with clearcut, 10%, 20% and 30% group retention) to measure
from among planted, natural and retained trees and at OP0185 (100ha site with small, medium and large group removal on short and long cutting cycles) to maintain seedling protectors and plot maintenance.
Database work includes: preparation of handheld programs, data retrieval and storage, data manipulation and assistance with report writing. Report writing includes charts/tables of data collected. A report will summarize the data collected at each site. This information will contribute to Western Forest Products data and information that will assist in potential analyses, modelling and presentations at upcoming conferences and workshops.
Smith, Nick J.. 2009. 2008-2009 VR Edge Effects. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program. Forest Investment Account Report
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forest, Investment, Account, (FIA), British, Columbia
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