Stand Management Prescription Guidebook

Table of contents

Target stand conditions and strategies

General objective

  • To provide a concise overview of the entire prescription - What is to be done, when and why.

The prescription should describe the what, when and why (blueprint) for the SU (stand). This section is used to describe the target stand objectives and structure. A series of linked treatments and their objectives are described and details on how they will achieve specific target stand conditions.

This section should describe the blueprint for others to follow. People move, this document remains. This will help provide stability and continuity in stand-level planning. If objectives change, it is possible to determine the consequences of the change and whether the costs are acceptable. If objectives change, an amendment can be done or a new SMP can be prepared.

It is within this section that each of the desired objectives and attributes identified in section B should be addressed and the rationale documented on how the proposed treatment regime fits with the specified objectives and/or constraints.

* Selection criteria for crop trees to be retained (e.g., species preference, height, age, DBH, health, vigour).

This section must provide a clear definition of what crop trees are to be retained after a spacing treatment. For each activity it is critical to accurately describe what trees will be treated (e.g., pruned) or retained (e.g., after spacing).

D-1. Post-treatment standards

General objectives

  • To provide a detailed list and schedule of all stand tending activities planned for the prescription.
  • To provide the minimum standards required by activity to meet the management objectives.
  • To provide standards by which compliance can be measured.
  • To provide direction for treatment contracts.

The table is used to provide a detailed list of all stand tending activities planned for the prescription area and the minimum standards required by activity to meet specific management objectives. Any activities and standards specified in the table applies to all of the treatment areas contained in the standards unit. The left-hand portion provides direction for implementation, while the right-hand portion provides post-treatment standards.

* Year

Enter the range of years a treatment is scheduled to be carried out.

Treatments must be scheduled by range of year (if the treatment will occur more than three years after date of approval) and may include average target stand age, stand height, or target diameter. If the implementation of the planned treatment is delayed past the latest treatment year, the site should be revisited to determine if the treatment is still appropriate.

* Age

Enter the stand age when the treatment is scheduled to be carried out.

* Height

Enter the average dominant/codominant stand height when the treatment is scheduled to be carried out.

* Diameter

Enter the target stand diameter when the treatment is to be carried out.

* Layer

Enter the layer the treatment is scheduled for. For even-aged stands there is usually only one layer to consider. For uneven-aged stands there are up to four layers that may be considered for treatment.

* Treatment

Enter the type of treatment planned for the site (add specifics if possible - e.g., fertilize with 225 kg/ha N at a rate 520 kg of forest grade urea/ ha).

* Area

Enter the net treatment area or net area to be treated (ha).

The following standards will become the prime auditing points for activities completed under a SMP.

Species composition:

* Preferred

Enter the preferred species for the site (may differ from original SP due to forest health concerns or other objectives).

* Acceptable

Enter the acceptable species for the site.

* Target no. well-spaced

Enter the target number of well-spaced stems/ha to be left after treatment.

* Min. pref. well-spaced

Enter the minimum number of well-spaced stems/ha of the preferred species, to be left after treatment.

* Min. inter-tree dist.

Enter the minimum inter-tree distance between well-spaced trees.

* Min. total well-spaced

Enter the minimum number of total well-spaced stems/ha to be left after treatment.

* Max. total well-spaced

Enter the maximum number of total well-spaced stems/ha to be left after treatment.

* Prune: min. lift height

Enter the minimum lift height for the pruning treatment. This field needs to be completed only if pruning is scheduled.

* Type of fertilizer

Enter the chemical composition of the fertilizer to be used.

* Rate of application

Enter the rate of fertilizer application in kg/ha.

* Method of application

Enter the method of fertilizer application (e.g. aerial or ground).

* Season

Enter the seasonal constraints and any necessary weather conditions necessary for effective application.

* Other post-treatment standards - Describe any other post-treatment standards that apply to either timber or non-timber resource objectives. Any standards specified should be worded to ensure that they are operationally achievable. This section specifies standards that must be met by individual stand management treatments. For example, after pruning is completed, pruned trees must have:

If other standards or modified standards are required, they should be clearly outlined in the SMP.


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