The Stand Management Co-operative (SMC), of which the BC Ministry of Forests is a member, is a multi-agency growth and yield cooperative established in 1985. Its mission is to provide a continuing source of high quality information on the long-term effects of silviculture treatments and treatment regimes on stand and tree growth and development and on wood and product quality and recovery. The main objective is to design, establish and maintain a regional program of integrated research on various aspects of intensive stand management to provide a continuing source of consistent, high-quality data on the effects of stand management practices on several aspects of wood production: stand growth and yield, tree growth and yield, wood quality and product recovery. Of particular interest are stands that have been under stocking control from an early age, and that include a wide range of initial spacing. The data are used to assess both the short- and long-term effects of certain silvicultural treatments and management regimes on stand and individual tree responses and to provide better estimates of the biological and economic consequences of alternative management regimes. This year, FIA funding contributed to meeting the SMC objectives by allowing for the full re-measurement of 3 BC installations (21 plots), partial re-measurement at 4 installations (8 plots) and as part of scheduled treatment and maintenance, 5 plots were thinned and 3 plots were pruned. The SMC produced a number of extension products including an annual report, 4 quarterly reports and 9 working papers. In addition, 8 peer-reviewed manuscripts have or soon will be.
Louise de Montigny
Cooperative, Stand Management, de Montigny, Louise E.. 2005. Stand management cooperative growth and yield installations in BC. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forest, Investment, Account, (FIA), Silvicultural, systems
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