STEMS is a large-scale, multi-disciplinary experiment that compares forest productivity, economics, and public perception of seven silvicultural regimes replicated at three sites in the Sayward Forest. The STEMS experiment uses silvicultural systems and treatments to create diversity in forest structure that results in a variety of canopy layers (vertical structure) and spatial patchiness (horizontal structure) to enhance biodiversity and wildlife. These silvicultural regimes create a range of gap sizes and frequencies that emulate natural variation in forest structure. STEMS is part of a larger study called "Silvicultural Options for Harvesting Douglas-fi r Young-Growth Production Forests" located in the Capitol Forest near Olympia, Washington. The study was developed jointly by the scientists of the Pacific Northwest Research Station and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
de Montigny, L.E.. 2004. Silviculture Treatments for Ecosystem Management in the Sayward (STEMS). British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. Poster (FLNRORD). P75
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Silvicultural, Systems
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