The Expert System for making site preparation and vegetation management decisions in southern interior B.C. (ES) is an interactive, web-based tool to assist practitioners to select appropriate site preparation and brushing treatments as they develop site prescriptions. The selection of appropriate treatments and the avoidance of unnecessary treatments are important steps in the achievement of full crop tree growth potential, and of meeting forest health, biodiversity, and non-timber objectives. The ES considers information on a biogeoclimatic site series-specific basis and predicts the effects of common site preparation and brushing treatments on a range of factors that influence early seedling growth. In this way it makes an important contribution to the practice of ecologically sound forestry in B.C. The ES is a unique decision aid because it uses expert knowledge to integrate information from a variety of sources to consider many factors that determine conifer and vegetation response to treatment. In addition to helping select appropriate treatments, it provides information about responses to treatment that may affect other resource values. This will reduce treatment costs and help practitioners consider the effects of treatment on resource values other than timber. The ES is essentially an interactive management decision support tool. It is designed to be easily updated to include the most recent research results and is available as a web-based application to all users, including policy makers, forest practitioners, and non-government interests.
Sachs, Don. 2005. Annual technical report for the expert system for making site preparation and vegetation management decisions in southern interior BC. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forest, Investment, Account, (FIA), British, Columbia
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