The impact of the Mountain Pine Beetle infestation throughout the forested Crown land of the British Columbia Interior is having significant short- and mid-term harvest supply impacts in management units with a significant proportion of lodgepole pine. The objectives of fertilization in KAMLOOPS TSA 11 are:
? To mitigate short- and mid-term timber supply impacts through strategically focused fertilization activities,
? To add merchantable volume to existing 40 to 80 year old stands to ensure earlier operability or higher volumes when harvested. These treatments will provide more volume at the front end of the midterm timber supply trough.
Pre-planning is necessary to direct investments to stands which will benefit most from fertilization treatments and maximize financial returns to the Crown. In 2008, Terrafor Resources Ltd. Completed a GIS and field review of fertilization opportunities in Kamloops TSA 11. As a result, several stands were identified as potential candidates for late rotation fertilization in the Kamloops TSA and scheduled for fertilization prescriptions and application between 2008 to 2010. The targeted areas are located in the vicinity of Avola, Vavenby, Trophy Mountain, East Barriere Lake, Upper Adams River, Adams Lake, and Johnson Lake. The plan has identified 68,780 hectares
of Douglas Fir and Englemann Spruce for potential fertilization prescriptions. As a result of this planning project, over 2,900 hectares of candidate Fir or Spruce leading stands are proposed for fertilization over the next two years. Additional candidate stands will be identified over the next two years for treatment beyond 2010. The project involved reviewing the areas recommended for treatment with respect to:
? areas recently logged or planned for harvesting,
? updated information on non-timber resource values (e.g. Old Growth Management Areas and Caribou Winter Range)
This project resulted in approximately 1,500 hectares suitable for fertilization in 2009.