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Estimating Historical Variability of Natural Disturbances in British Columbia

Author(s) or contact(s): C. Wong, B. Dorner, and H. Sandmann
Source: Research Branch
Subject: Natural Disturbance
Series: Land Management Handbook
Other details:  Published 2003. Hardcopy is available.


Part 1 presents a concise review of natural disturbance dynamics for each of the 14 biogeoclimatic zones in British Columbia. Part 2 presents 11 methods described in the literature for determining intervals for stand-replacing and stand-maintaining disturbances. Part 3 demonstrates an application of the process outlined in Part 2 for selecting and using one of the methods for determining disturbance intervals in the Arrow Forest District. Part 4 presents our recommendations to address the gaps we identified in research on disturbance dynamics, data collection, and data maintenance, as well as quantitative methods for determining disturbance intervals in British Columbia.

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Updated April 26, 2007