Problem Statement and Expected Outcomes
The rationale for this project originated during a multi-agency tour of MPB affected areas in B.C. in July 2007. The crucial questions asked by managers attempting to mitigate the impact of mountain pine beetle disturbance on timber and habitat supply were prioritized as:
- For how long will killed wood stand, provide forest cover and be salvageable?
- When, how much and what type of wood and forest cover will be supplied from surviving trees?
- When will wood and cover from new regeneration be available?
Given the government and industry strategy of proactive harvesting of attacked or endangered stands, the need was recognized for retention of a monitoring network of undisturbed permanent sample plots and buffer areas that would provide the basis for answering these and related questions.
This project, which is being undertaken by the Foothills Growth and Yield Association (FGYA), is a continuation of a project begun by the fRI Mountain Pine Beetle Ecology Program and the FGYA in 2008. The information collected and analysed will be used to inform timber supply analysis and operational planning through the improved development of stand regeneration and growth models forecasting post-disturbance conditions.
- Dick Dempster, PhD, will act as principal investigator and be responsible for data analysis and scientific reports.
- Sharon Meredith, MScF, RPF, will be the project and data manager, responsible for overall project delivery, fieldwork coordination, and database management.
- John Stadt, MSc, will act as government collaborator and will provide liaison with ESRD, technical advice and input to scientific reports.