Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FII Project R04-071

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Expert System for making site preparation and vegetation management decisions in southern interior B.C.

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


The Expert System is an interactive, web-based tool to assist in the selection of appropriate site preparation and brushing treatments on a site series-specific basis. It is a unique tool for BC foresters because it efficiently integrates information from a variety of sources, and considers the many factors pertaining to conifer and vegetation response. Based on information entered by the user, the Expert System predicts which vegetation community will develop following disturbance, and evaluates the effectiveness of potential treatments by considering their interactions with growth-limiting factors that affect conifer survival and growth. The Expert System is entering its third year of development, but requires alpha- and beta-testing, as well as a large amount of output text editing before it can be made available. We seek funding to carry out these tasks so that the Expert System can be available on-line by March 2004

For further information, please contact Suzanne Simard, University of British Columbia (

Updated September 08, 2005 

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