Attempts to resolve issues associated with the interactions between fisheries and forestry resources management in the Pacific Northwest began about a half century ago. Many important studies have been completed over this time. The results of these projects have been used for a wide assortment of applications, ranging from increasing scientific understanding to applied resource management practices. As well, this knowledge has formed the basis of many influential training and extension programs.
The project proposed here is intended to synthesize FFIP studies in a systematic and objective manner that: a) archive the original results, management recommendations, and study limitations, and; b) provide operational summaries of the various studies. As a result, the synthesis will; i) increase current forest manager?s access to past study information; ii) the identification of successes and failures and; iii) provide practical management recommendations. An added benefit of the synthesis is that it will ensure all relevant reference materials are readily available to resource managers and forestry proponents to prevent poor management practices due to inaccessibility of historic research results.
To accomplish our objectives of providing a readily available source of synthesized fish-forestry results, we propose:
1. To locate and archive historical study reports, including management recommendations, in a location that is readily available to resource managers. It is important to note that many historical study reports are no longer in print and are becoming difficult, if not impossible, to locate. This presents a possibility where legal arguments may be made that problems of access to the literature provide due diligence arguments.
2. Once the archived background literature is completed, physical and biological fish-forestry concerns will be detailed, as well as evaluating the risks and uncertainties of various management options. To accomplish this, the archived studies will be synthesized and summarized to include:
1. why each project was initiated (research purpose), including driving questions / challenges / issues being investigated;
2. the study (background experimental) design, including details regarding time and space scales;
3. the type of streams studied (size, morphology, riparian and watershed forest type, geographic location, etc);
4. factors considered (hillslopes, roads, sediment sources, stream crossing type, fish species/habitat, aquatic ecosystems, etc.);
5. the riparian prescriptions studied (management options);
6. the stream or riparian function parameters studied;
7. effectiveness of the experimental practices to maintain or in altering aquatic functions; and,
8. a summary of management considerations including conclusions (including ecological implications) regarding the riparian management practice.
3. A document will be produced that synthesizes the above, but will also include identification of any ongoing issues and knowledge gaps that have not been resolved through the various studies. For example, management treatment impacts, or conversely how well a management treatment protected aquatic values, and provide the result and recommendations for the future. The final product will be a document that forest managers can use to interpret the science and ensure the protection of aquatic values. This document will include the identification of common mistakes made in the past, and the most likely reason, or source, for the impact, and how to prevent such mistakes in future. We propose to use this information to produce a ?how to document? and this will probably include the following:
2. Aquatic values and water quality attributes requiring protection
3. How forest management can impact aquatic resources and water quality values.
4. Case Studies (projects, results, management recommendation), see list below:
5. Tools currently available in BC to meet aquatic r ...
Mellina, Eric, Maloney, David A.. 2008. Synthesis of results and recommendations from Fish/Forestry Interaction Programs (FFIP) completed in the Pacific Northwest. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2008MR224
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forest, Investment, Account, (FIA), British, Columbia
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