This report outlines the objectives, study design, methods of data collection, and other details relevant to the establishment of Experimental Project (EP) 1369: A Framework for Documenting the Effects of the Mountain Pine Beetle in Sub-boreal Forests of Northern British Columbia. In 1995 through 1997, 48 plots were established in mature pine leading stands affected by mountain pine beetle (MPB) (38 plots) and MPB followed by wildfire (10 plots). All plots will remain unharvested, and are designed to examine ecological changes subsequent to these disturbances. The information from these plots will inform science on what ecological changes result from these disturbances in the sub-boreal forest landscape, and will provide critical information (such as growth rate of live understorey) to land managers.
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Updated June 27, 2008