The objective of this report is to describe a scientifically credible monitoring program for evaluating the effectiveness of riparian forest management practices of CanFor's TFL 37 on north-central Vancouver Island. A pilot program was initiated in the fall of 2003 to monitor both terrestrial and aquatic components of the riparian ecosystem that are known to respond in a predictable manner to adjacent forest harvesting. This program focuses on selecting and testing indicators of riparian forest structure, one wildlife component known to be a good indicator of riparian ecosystem health (terrestrial salamanders), and six physical characteristics within the stream channel. The selected indicators which were measured and evaluated at each stream included canopy closure, shrub cover, tree density, coarse woody debris, windthrow, wildlife habitat use, bank erosion, bar type and frequency, logjam frequency, LWD cover and volume, fish cover types, and streambank tree loss. We recommend dropping tree height as a measurable variable at forest structure plots.
Manning, E. Todd, Wheatley, Matthew; Hamilton, Shawn; Shepard, Michael G.; Cooper, John M.. 2004. Effectiveness monitoring pilot program for riparian area forest management on north-central Vancouver Island (TFL 37). Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2004MR004