The Fish/Forestry Interaction Program (FFIP), a multi-disciplinary research study, was initiated in 1981 to work towards resolution of "conflicts between steep slope logging and the integrated management of fish and forest resources on the Queen Charlotte Islands" (Poulin 1984)'. The program was started following a series of major winter Storms in 1978 that triggered landslides over much of the Queen Charlotte Islands forest land base. Originating on steep, logged-over slopes, many slides deposited tonnes of debris in streams and on valley flats. The events raised private and public concerns over logging practices on the islands and prompted the establishment of the 5 year program. Overall objectives of FFlP were:
- to study the extent and severity of mass wasting and to asses its impacts on fish habitat and forest sites.
- to investigate the feasibility of rehabilitating stream and forest sites damaged by landslides.
- to assess alternative silvicultural treatments for maintaining and improving slope stability.
- to investigate the feasibility and success of using alternative logging methods, including skylines, helicopters, and by logging planning, to reduce logging-related failures.
The program is jointly funded by direct appropriations from the Canada Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the B.C. Ministry of Forests and Lands, and the B.C. Ministry of Environment and Parks (Fisheries Branch). Participating agencies include the Canadian Forestry Service, Pacific Forest Centre and the Forest Engineering Institute of Canada (FERIC), Vancouver, B.C. Research undertaken by FFlP has been largely conducted through privately contracted professionals, post-graduate students, and coordinated by an independant program manager.
A series of technical reports has been produced from research conducted from 1981 to 1985. Many of the technical reports were presented during part of the four-day workshop held at Sandspit on October 21 to 24, 1986. Direct involvement of industry, agencies, the scientific community and public attending the workshop facilitated translation of results toward integration of resource operations. Panel discussions and intensive working group sessions focussed on FFIP results, their implementation and ramifications, and identified further research needs. Summaries of each of the working groups were presented to the workshop participants and are included in these notes.
Formal proceedings were not planned as an outcome of the workshop and hence, the meetings were not taped. The positive response generated by workshop participants, however, indicated it would be useful to compile a set of working notes to document the contributions made possible through the joint efforts of the working group panels. In the absence of formal transcripts the answers to questions posed at the workshop and presented here are based on edited notes from the meetings, the report abstracts, and prepared notes from the guest speakers.
The workshop was co-ordinated by Nancy Wilkin and Mary Morris using facilities of The Sandspit Inn and Crown Forests. The notes were produced by V.A. Poulin & Associates Ltd. and made possible through a Canadian Jobs Strategy Job Development Program.
BC Forest Service - Research Division. 1987. Notes from the Fish/Forestry Interaction Program Queen Charlotte Islands workshop Oct. 21-24, 1986 Sandspit, B.C.. British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: workshop, queen charlotte islands
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