The Opax Mountain silvicultural systems study is a long-term, multi-disciplinary, multi-agency research study of the ecological impact of alternative harvesting practices on a dry Douglas-fir forest in the Interior. The project was initiated in 1992 to provide information on the sustainability of different silvicultural systems. High priority information needs included: harvesting cost and operations logistics, forest regeneration; nutrient cycling and soil productivity; pest management; floral and faunal diversity, and historical patterns of natural disturbances. Considerable progress has been made in fulfilling these needs. Support for the Opax Mountain project is strong because it has already provided useful information to forest managers and planners particularly in the area of tree regeneration in patch cuts, soil productivity, natural disturbance regime and biodiversity. This study is well linked to several key projects in the IDF and constitutes a superb demonstration site, which has already been visited by over 1000 people including scientists from Canada and eight other countries. The location of Opax Mountain within the traditional territory of the Shuswap First Nation, and its close proximity to TRU, the Isobel demonstration forest and the McQueen Lake environmental centre and the city of Kamloops, make it an ideal demonstration area. Our extension activities are geared at not only current forest managers but also at forest managers of times to come whether they are enrolled at BCIT, NVIT, TRU, UBC, UVIC, SFU or whether they are in grade 1 of the elementary school program. This will not only assist us in promoting sustainable forest management but also at helping in the sustainable training of natural resource professionals. Our extension strategy includes a mixture of the World wide web, actual field tours, direct contact, and scientific publications to reach a diverse audience. So far the project has generated over fifty public presentations, over twenty-five peer-reviewed scientific publications and eight university theses from TRU, UBC, and UVIC.
prepared by Andre Arsenault.
Arsenault, Andre. 2006. The ecology and management of dry Douglas-fir forests: the Opax Mountain silvicultural study. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2006MR304