Western Forest Products is implementing a forest management strategy to sustain biological diversity within the company?s tenures. The Western Forest Strategy (WFS) has three broad goals:
1. Represent the full range of ecosystems within the non-harvestable landbase to maintain lesser known species and ecological functions.
2. Maintain structural attributes of older forests distributed across the landscape and in harvested areas to support biological richness.
3. Sustain productive populations of forest-dwelling species over time.
The WFS uses landscape zoning, variable retention and adaptive management to achieve these goals while balancing other ecological, social and economic objectives. Because the effectiveness of variable retention and broad landscape zoning in maintaining biodiversity is largely untested, ?adaptive management? is a key component of the WFS. Adaptive management (AM) is a structured approach to learning from operational practices, monitoring and experiments to provide feedback to management and continual improvement.