Weyerhaeuser Company Ltd. (Weyco) received approval for a five-year program of funding under the BC Ministry of Forests and Range (MOFR) Forests for Tomorrow (FFT) program to help reforest their interior operating areas burned in the wildfires of 2003. This project addresses the first year of the program to complete the strategic planning phase, and includes identifying all FFT-eligible stands that pass a minimum 2% return on investment (ROI), defining potential treatments and costs, and prioritizing stands and treatments to those that potentially return the highest value relative to treatment cost. Approximately 94% of the FFT-eligible treatment area (1,505 ha) passed the MOFR 2% ROI threshold. Of these stands, the treatments estimated as returning the best value include; planting (35% of the area), snag falling plus planting (34%), snag falling plus spacing (17%), and fill planting (14%). Planting is recommended only in post-harvest regenerated (PHR) stands, fill planting in naturally open stand types, and snag falling with planting or spacing on forested stands with varying degrees of burn intensity. The next phases of Weyco?s program (not addressed in this project) will include surveying target areas, making stand-specific treatment recommendations, and re-evaluating the ROI using the stand-level survey information.
J.S. Thrower & Associates Ltd.
J.S. Thrower and Associates Ltd.. 2006. Prioritizing areas burnt in the 2003 wildfires for rehabilitation under the FFT program. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program - Innovative. Forest Investment Account Report