Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FII Project R04-064

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Canopy gaps in the submontane forests of coastal BC: a baseline for variable retention silviculture

Author(s): Daniels, Lori (University of British Columbia)
Subject: Biology, Ecology, Forestry, Silviculture/Forest Management Systems
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program


Variable retention silviculture focuses on the retention of biological legacies in managed forests of coastal BC. To ensure sustainability and to maintain productivity at the stand and landscape scales requires species-specific criteria to evaluate post-harvest forest response. This research pro-actively considers the effects of gaps and VR silviculture on the future species composition of the forest community. Our results will be applied to develop ecologically-based criteria to guide VR silviculture that emulates fine-scale canopy disturbances. Ultimately, our research will provide guidelines to predict the impacts of VR silviculture on forest composition, structure and dynamics and to assess sustainability.

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Updated September 08, 2005 

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