Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program
FIA Project S084005

    Forest Management in the Watersheds of Fans
Project lead: Wilford, David (BC Ministry of Forests and Range)
Author: Wilford, David J.
Subject: Forest Investment Account (FIA), British Columbia
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program
Forest management activities in watersheds can lead to increased risks on fans. This project will synthesize and deliver information regarding the risks of forestry activities to fan-watershed systems. An MOFR Land Management Handbook (LMH) will be produced. The content of the handbook will be delivered to forestry practitioners through field/office workshops and conference/office presentations, throughout British Columbia. Feedback from workshop participants will be used to refine the handbook content prior to publication.

Forest management in the watersheds of fans has been responsible for aggravating natural hydrogeomorphic processes (debris flows, debris floods and floods). Forest management on fans has been the research and extension focus of several Forest Science Program Projects (Y1051977 and Y051324). The projects produced a series of publications (see Literature Cited) and held many effective extension events (Wilford et al. 2006). The projects, combined under the umbrella of “Dr. Dave’s Alluvial Fan Team,” were a finalist in the 2005 Innovation category of the Premier’s Awards. Throughout the province we identified impacts to human life, public infrastructure, private structures, water systems, and fish habitat.

Forest practitioners have well developed tools and knowledge to work at the site level, but to reduce impacts on fans and to achieve the objectives of Sections 54 and 57 of the Forest Planning and Practices Regulations, it is necessary to have a watershed perspective. We propose to synthesize existing hydrology and geomorphology knowledge to: i) produce an LMH (to be published in 2008-09), and ii) develop a second day for our 1-day fan workshop and deliver this content province-wide.
Contact: Wilford, David, (250) 847-6392,


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Updated August 16, 2010 

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