Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FIA Project 6453004

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Abstract: variable density spacing project

Author(s): Muller, Reinhard; FEN Forest Consulting
Imprint: Campbell River, B.C. : Cascadia Co. Ltd., 2006
Subject: Forest Investment Account (FIA), Forest management, British Columbia
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program


Variable density spacing was carried out within the RRZ’s of a number of streams scattered over six major drainages within Block #2 of TFL 39 of Cascadia’s North Island Timberlands, in order to speed up riparian old growth/large stem development, and enhance riparian diversity and habitat. This would be achieved by manipulating density and tree species diversity (both vertical and horizontal), creating improved riparian habitat for a variety of species, wind-firm the trees, create larger future stem diameters, predispose stems for larger future coarse woody debris, provide for increased future in-stream complexity, increase or maintain shrub and herb layers for wildlife forage, overland flow filtering and nesting habitat. Red alder was to be treated, in order to release under-story conifers. Red cedar, as well as food and medicinal shrubs and herbs were fostered to improve 1st. Nations forest values. Wildlife trees were created and/or predisposed for cavity nesters and stressed by screefing for increased sapsucker use.
Reinhard Muller.

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Updated August 02, 2006 

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