Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FII Project R04-050

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The ecology and management of dry Douglas-fir forests: The Opax Mountain Silvicultural Systems Study.

Author(s): Arsenault, André (BC Ministry of Forests)
Subject: Biodiversity, Biology, Climate, Ecology, Entomology, Fire, First Nations, Forestry, Indigenous knowledge, Integrated resource management, Range, Silviculture/Forest Management Systems, Wildlife
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program


The Opax Mountain silvicultural systems study is a long-term, multi-disciplinary, multiagency research study of the ecological impact of alternative harvesting practices on a dry Douglas-fir forest in the Interior. The project was initiated in 1992 to provide information on the sustainability of different silvicultural systems. High priority information needs included: harvesting cost and operations logistics, forest regeneration; nutrient cycling and soil productivity; pest management; floral and faunal biodiversity, and historical patterns of natural disturbances. Considerable progress has been made in fulfilling these needs. Our proposal seeks funding for re-measurements, analysis of data, publication of results, synthesis of results and further extension work to March 31st 2004.

For further information, please contact André Arsenault, BC Ministry of Forests - Southern Interior Region (

Updated September 08, 2005 

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