STEMS is an integrated research experiment that tests seven silvicultural systems with different management strategies. The objective of the study is to use the concepts of ecosystem management to create diverse, multiple values within the project area by fostering a balanced distribution in time and space of many stand conditions and stages of development. The results of this long-term research will develop significant knowledge about how and where to successfully apply publicly-acceptable harvesting alternatives while using ecosystem management techniques to achieve healthy, sustainable forests. This knowledge will determine how best to meet the goals and targets set out in the Vancouver Island Land Use Plan and other applicable higher level plans.
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Updated October 17, 2008