Favorable Solution

"It was a win/win situation," says Nash. "We were already having difficulty reforesting coastal valley bottoms to the existing stocking standards because of the extensive brush found in those areas. And the expense associated with managing vegetation in those remote locations can be quite high. Here was a good opportunity to try some new approaches in managing two forest resources which seemed to be in direct conflict with each other."

Together, Hamilton, Nash and other foresters from the Vancouver Forest Region worked out a set of revised stocking standards for grizzly-inhabited coastal valleys. Their goal was to produce reforested stands that more closely resembled the natural cover found in the valleys prior to logging, while continuing to produce high-value timber.

Silhouette of mother Grizzly with cub

The new stocking levels were therefore introduced under an adaptive management approach. With adaptive management, existing operations are continually modified and improved based on the results of ongoing investigative field trials. It is learning by experience, adopting those techniques that work and eliminating those that don't.

"The important thing was to get the process rolling," notes Ted Nash, "especially in those areas where it was considered critical. We could at least start with the revised stocking levels, and the results from our field operations and trials would eventually tell us which way to go."

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