The Expert System is an interactive, web-based tool to assist in the selection of appropriate site preparation and brushing treatments on a site series-specific basis. It is a unique tool for BC foresters because it efficiently integrates information from a variety of sources, and considers the many factors pertaining to conifer and vegetation treatment response. Based on information entered by the user, the Expert System predicts which vegetation community will develop following disturbance, and evaluates the effectiveness of potential treatments by considering their interactions with growth-limiting factors that affect conifer survival and growth. Once the user has selected site preparation and/or brushing treatments, the Expert System produces a comprehensive report that a) summarizes the expected effects on limitations to seedling establishment and growth, and b) discusses expected conifer responses to vegetation management, based on recent research results for southern interior B.C. The Expert System is now available on the web at http://www.myacquire.com/spvegman/expertsystem/.
Simard, Suzanne W.. 2004. 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. FIA2004MR219