||Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program|
|FIA Project 9059005
||Creation of marten habitat on clearcuts
|Project lead: Okanagan Innovative Forestry Society|
|Contributing Authors: Sullivan, Thomas P.; Applied Mammal Research Institute|
|Subject: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program|
|Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program|
|The overall objective is to manage the habitat and prey base (small mammals) of marten in managed forest stands to meet the intent statements in the Okanagan Shuswap LRMP (Section 7.1.ii): The focus of the program will be to evaluate various timber harvesting, regeneration, stand tending, and other forest management activities. Long-term objectives include: 1) Assess configurations of CWD in debris piles, windrows, and dispersed patterns across harvested sites for the small mammal prey base and use by marten; and 2) Assess debris piles adjacent to OGMAs vs. pine stands, where this pattern occurs in the experimental design.|
The project is installed at three study areas: 1) the Aberdeen Plateau (Tolko Industries Ltd.), 2) China Valley (Federated Cooperatives Ltd.), and 3) Upper Trout Creek, Summerland (Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd.). These areas had ongoing harvesting of MPB-salvage stands and associated site preparation activities in 2006 and 2007. Each of these three areas constitutes a regional replicate, with three site replicates in each area, for a total of 9 site replicates. The experimental design is a randomized complete block with 3 replicates each of: (a) CWD dispersed uniformly over each unit (control); (b) CWD distributed into several small piles (2-3 piles per ha); (c) CWD distributed into windrows, connecting to a forest edge or riparian area; and (d) uncut old-growth/mature forest.
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