Forest Investment Account

Abstract of TERP Project #3-12

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Gilpin area ecosystem restoration plan: Boundary Forest District

Author(s): Swanson, Richard
Imprint: [s.l.] : Swanson Forestry Services Ltd., 2002
Subject: Restoration Ecology, British Columbia, Forest Investment Account (FIA)
Series: Terrestrial Ecosystem Restoration Program Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program


Fire restoration planning was carried out in the Boundary Forest District for 3 separate areas, as part of a district effort to meet the restoration goals of the Kootenay Boundary Higher Level Plan Order. The dry low elevation open forest and grasslands are Natural Disturbance Type 4 (NDT4), characterized by frequent stand maintaining fires. Decades of fire suppression have lead to the loss of open forest and open range ecosystems. The result is a changing ecosystem with more trees, less ground forest, and increased risk of wildfire. The ecosystem restoration plans are part of an overall strategy to restore open forest and grassland ecosystems back to historical levels and condition. The plans made for the Gilpin area, Johnstone Creek, Pass Creek, Fiva Creek and Blythe Creek include one or more of the following: slashing, pruning, commercial thinning, burning, maintenance of wildlife trees and CWD, and management of invasive species. The project report is available from the Ministry library: Swanson, R. 2002. Gilpin Area Ecosystem Restoration Plan - Boundary Forest District.
Project Name: Fire Maintained Ecosystem Restoration Project, #3-12
Project Proponent: Ministry of Forests, Boundary Forest District
Keywords: NDT4, open forest, grasslands, restoration plan

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