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Developing timber harvesting prescriptions to minimize site degradation

Author(s) or contact(s): T. Lewis and Timber Harvesting Subcommittee
Source: Research Branch
Subject: Planning
Series: Land Management Report
Other details:  Published 1991. Hardcopy is available.


This report addresses timber harvesting activities applied in the interior of British Columbia, an area that encompasses a wide range of physiography, climates, timber types and soil conditions.

The purpose of this report is to provide individuals responsible for formulating logging prescriptions, a package of harvesting strategies which do not cause excessive site degradation and thus do not result in long-term losses in forest productivity. Our goal is to give forest managers:
- an objective process with which to assess the relative sensitivity of a site to degradation; and
- a range of appropriate, workable strategies with which to modify timber harvesting practices to suit the varying degrees of sensitiviey.

The report is aimed at the operational staff of the Forest District level of the B.C. Ministry of Forests, and at the corresponding personnel in the forest industry. These are the people largely responsible for development and operational planning, layout, and supervision of logging operations. Contractors and operators are a secondary audience of this report, as they must also be aware of site degradation and ways of reducing it. Both training programs and supporting materials such as the pamphlet, Maintaining Productive Forest Soils (Still and MacDonald 1987) are essential to raise this awareness.

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Updated November 27, 2008