Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FIA Project 5049012 and 6219012

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Report: TFL 19 fertilization treatment impacts : salal-dominated cedar hemlock stands

Author(s): Van Niejenhuis, Annette; Western Forest Products Ltd.
Imprint: Saanichton, B.C. : Western Forest Products Limited, 2004
Subject: Forest Investment Account (FIA), Fertilizers
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program - Innovative


Forest productivity of many coastal forests has been improved by fertilizer application. To verify the applicability of findings in other coastal areas, Western Forest Products established fertilization treatment monitoring plots together with controls in a variety of site types in the Gold River Operations. This report summarizes findings after two growing seasons since fertilization of a sapling stand on a salal dominated ecosystem. The objective of these monitoring plots is to determine if fertilizer treatment is having a discernible beneficial impact on stem volume in these various ecosystems. The project addresses the problem of predicting response to silviculture treatments, the number one problem identified in British Columbia's 2000 gap analysis, and further will assist in investment decisions. The growth displayed by treated stands, when compared to the control, indicates that fertilization is having a beneficial effect. This response corresponds to the response reported in the Salal Cedar Hemlock Integrated Research Program.
Annette van Niejenhuis.

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