High elevation logging is a topic of considerable concern to all those who work in the forestry community and to a wider public audience. The sub-alpine forests are an important source of future wood supplies, clean water, and many other human amenities. Relatively little is know about the ecology of these forests, and consequently there is considerable debate about the sustainability of logging activities.
In response to the concerns, the B.C. Forest Service and other agencies have initiated a series of long term studies of the impact of logging on high elevation forested ecosystems. One of these studies, the Sicamous Creek Silvicultural Systems Project, was started in 1990 to examine logging effects in the Engelmann Spruce-Subalpine Fir forests of the Southern Interior. The area was logged in the winter of 1994/95 using a range of opening sizes from single tree selection to 10 hectare openings. Working Paper 24 reports on the intial work carrid out by a cooperative team of industry, government, university and private sector researchers. The document includes descriptions of research work on the ecological structure of the forest and ecologcal processes likely to be affected by logging. Specific papers deal with topics such as the response of vegetation and animal species to logging, changes in climate, and the biology of small streams flowing across the site. Soil productivity, soil organisms, climate, including wind and temperature, and logging costs are also covered.
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Updated November 04, 2009