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Abstract of FIA Project 4017039

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Prince George TSA silviculture strategy (type 1): update March 2003

Author(s): Farnden, Craig; Cortex Consultants Inc.
Imprint: Prince George, B.C. : Canadian Forest Products, 2003
Subject: Forest Investment Account (FIA), Prince George Timber Supply Area (B.C.)
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program - Innovative


The original issues, which were proposed and discussed in the December 1999 workshop, were reviewed to determine relevance on maintaining or enhancing the future timber supply of the Prince George TSA. This was done in consideration of updated information from TSR II (September 2001) and the revised AAC Determination (June 2002), the impact of Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) epidemic and the temporary 3 million cubic meter uplift in harvest to control/salvage the epidemic infestation. The participants reviewed the 5 original sustainable harvest issues facing the Prince George TSA, as well as the potential silvicultural strategies and knowledge gaps suitable for addressing them. The Participants were asked to frame the issues, strategies and activities outlined in the original type I strategy, into Quantity, Quality and Habitat categories and add to and revise those issues, strategies and activities with regards to the updated TSR II information presented. The three Categories, five issues with related strategies considered key are: A. Quantity 1. Potential mid-term timber supply gaps. Strategies that move existing stands ahead in the harvest queue and/or increase volume yields of existing Stands 2. Reduced productivity of backlog NSR and impeded stands in the timber supply landbase is a concern. Strategies that maintain the productivity of the Timber Harvest landbase (THLB) need to be undertaken. 1. Lodgepole pine pest losses in managed and unmanaged stands. Strategies, which reduce stocking loss impact of pest on managed stands, recover volume losses due to pests on unmanaged stands. Pest distribution and decision support. 2. Repression-related productivity losses of existing pine stands in the and out of the Timber Harvest landbase (THLB). Strategies which, reduce/reverse/eliminate repression in existing stands. B. Quality 1. Ensure no net change in quality relative to each licencee's current timber harvest profile. Generally this means to licencee standards of merchantable limits. Since quality can only be defined in terms of each licencee's product, they have no incentive to invest in quality enhancing activities in the Prince George TSA without Defined Forest Area Management (DFAM) being established. C. Habitat 1. No wildlife habitat areas (WHAs) have been established in the Prince George TSA. No habitat concerns were brought to the workshop. The workshop participants felt that silviculture activities and habitat goals are not mutually exclusive. Current silviculture activities may be effective in maintaining habitat or making alternative habitats available and current reserves covers much of the habitat requirements, e.g. Caribou High Zone equals No Harvest.
Craig Farnden and Cortex Consultants Inc.

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