Forest Investment Account

Abstract of TERP Project #59

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History of forest encroachment work in the Cariboo Forest Region: report

Author(s): McIntosh, Terry T.
Imprint: Vancouver, B.C. : Biospherics Environmental Inc., 2001
Subject: Forest management, British Columbia, Restoration Ecology, Cariboo Forest Region, B.C, Forest Investment Account (FIA)
Series: Terrestrial Ecosystem Restoration Program Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program


Over the past century, grassland ecosystems in British Columbia and across many parts of north-western North America have been slowly invaded by trees. This appears to be primarily a response to fire suppression and prevention. There have been a number of attempts to reduce tree encroachment in the Cariboo Forest District. The most common methods have been by cutting young trees with chain saws or brush saws and/or by burning the encroachment areas. The documentation of this work has never been put into one central report. This report attempts to do this. A second purpose of this report is to initiate a study of the effects that encroachment-related fires have had on associated herbaceous and shrub vegetation within treatment areas.

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