Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program
FIA Project 7007002

    Western Forest Strategy - Adaptive Management Summary
Project lead: Annette van Niejenhuis (Western Forest Products Inc.)
Subject: Forest Investment Account (FIA), British Columbia
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program
Western Forest Products is implementing a forest management strategy to sustain biological
diversity within the company’s tenures. The Western Forest Strategy (WFS) has three broad
1. Represent the full range of ecosystems within the non-harvestable landbase to maintain
lesser known species and ecological functions.
2. Maintain structural attributes of older forests distributed across the landscape and in
harvested areas to support biological richness.
3. Sustain productive populations of forest-dwelling species over time.
The WFS uses landscape zoning, variable retention, and adaptive management to achieve
these goals while balancing other ecological, social and economic objectives. Because the
effectiveness of variable retention and broad landscape zoning in maintaining biodiversity is
largely untested, "adaptive management" is a key component of the WFS. Adaptive
management (AM) is a structured approach to learning from operational practices, monitoring,
and experiments to provide feedback to management for continual improvement.
Contact: Annette van Niejenhuis, (250) 286-4109,

Updated May 19, 2011 

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