Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FII Project R04-002

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Incremental silviculture of lodgepole pine: integration of stand productivity with non-timber values

Author(s): Sullivan, Thomas P. (Applied Mammal Research Institute)
Subject: Forestry
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program

Abstract

This study is determining the influence of a range of stand densities and repeated fertilization on growth and yield and crown structure of lodgepole pine crop trees. Measurements of crown closure, diversity of understory vegetation and forest-floor small mammals, stand biodiversity, and habitat use by ungulates are also major objectives. The installations are operational scale with three regional replicates in the interior of B.C. Attributes from these intensively managed stands will be compared to those in mature and old-growth stands to determine when structural diversity of these young stands reaches that of the older stands. This is a critical measure of ecological sustainability in terms of accelerating the development of late seral forest structure while still providing a continual flow of wood products from the forest. The study began in 1993, and 2003 marks the 10-year re-measurement of crop tree growth and stand structure.


For further information, please contact Thomas P. Sullivan, Applied Mammal Research Institute (Sullivan@telus.net)

Updated September 08, 2005 

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