Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program
FII Project R04-051

    Riparian large woody debris (LED) recruitment models: section 1
Author: Wei, Adam
Imprint: Vancouver, B.C. : Department of Earth and Environmental Science, Okanagan University College, 2004
Subject: Forest Investment Account (FIA), Geomorphology, Hydrology, Ecology, Wildfires
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program
LWD plays an important role in the structure and function of stream ecosystems. Despite its importance there is very limited information on LWD for the streams of the British Columbia central interior. Lack of such information has limited our ability to develop science-based riparian forest management strategies. This report summarizes our research results that were focused on increasing our understanding of the role and dynamics of LWD in south-central interior of British Columbia. This research consists of two main components. The first component includes a review of existing LWD recruitment models and the preliminary development of a LWD recruitment model that will be developed for the south-central interior of British Columbia. The second component consists of the collection of LWD field data from several headwater streams located within the forested plateau areas of the Thompson / Okanagan region of British Columbia. The field component includes a comparison of in-stream LWD loads associated with various levels of forest disturbance (e.g. old forests, wildfires and forest harvesting). This field data will provide the basis in the validation of a future LWD recruitment models and assist in the improvement of riparian forest management strategies
Adam Wei.


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