Silviculture Strategies


What are Integrated Silviculture Strategies?

  • Integrated, allows for incorporation of the varied objectives and inherent site and landscape attributes within the planning unit.
  • Silviculture is the art and science of controlling the harvest, establishment, growth, composition, and the quality off forest vegetation for the full range off forest resource objectives. Successful silviculture depends on clearly defined management objectives. However, silviculture is often confused with managing stands and forests purely for timber. Remember that silviculture is also used to manage forests for wildlife, water, recreation aesthetics, or any combination of these or other forest uses.
  • Strategies provide the opportunity to look into the future with various scenarios to create options or strategies from which to guide management.
  • Integrated Silviculture Strategies - An evolution

TSAs with Integrated Silviculture Strategies Choose TSA for links to Strategy files

What are Type 4 Silviculture Strategies?

  • Builds a base case that may differ from the latest TSR base case

  • Uses other readily available information to update and augment the TSR base case

  • Includes in-depth forest level modelling and analysis to develop silviculture strategies and funding needs

  • Produces management unit level specific harvest level and timber quality objectives

  • Provides direction for tree species selection and tree species diversity targets by BEC subzones

  • Provides direction regarding landscape level retention targets, harvesting priorities and climate change

  • Where other non-timber value strategies exist, and data is readily available, provides direction on key local non-timber values and concerns

  • Includes a discussion of treatment risk, including reference to local wildfire management plans

  • Helps to develop a spatially explicit five-year plan for silviculture investments

TSAs with Type 4 Silviculture Strategies Choose TSA for links to Strategy files

Strategy Descriptions

Strategic Silviculture Plans provide a description of the timber supply and habitat supply issues, opportunities to increase timber supply and habitat supply, and the potential treatments, treatable area and silvicultural strategies associated with those opportunities.

Since 1998, several version of Type 1 and 2strategies have been completed on most management units (TSAs and TFLs) in B.C. In 2006, several management units updated their Type 2 silviculture strategies and included the Type 3 habitat supply analysis and reported on how each investment scenario impacted habitat supply.

What are Type 4 silviculture strategies? How do they differ for the previous Type 1, 2 and 3 silviculture strategies?

Strategy Type

Description

Type 1

           Uses existing TSR summary information to identify issues and opportunities for silvicultural investments

           Uses stand level analysis and, based on expert opinions, factoring estimates up to the forest level.

           Produced interim management unit level specific harvest level and timber quality objectives.

           Based on expert opinions, provides plausible targets and strategies and silviculture regimes that can be used as inputs in the more in depth Type 2 analysis.

Type 2

           Builds a base case that closely matches the TSR

           Uses other readily available information to augment the TSR base case

           Includes in-depth forest level modelling and analysis to develop silviculture strategies and funding needs

           Produces management unit level specific harvest level and timber quality objectives

Type 3

           Similar to the Type 2, but also includes Habitat Supply modelling and analysis

Type 4

           Builds a base case that may differ from the latest TSR base case

           Uses other readily available information to update and augment the TSR base case

           Includes in-depth forest level modelling and analysis to develop silviculture strategies and funding needs

           Produces management unit level specific harvest level and timber quality objectives.

           Provides direction for tree species selection and tree species diversity targets by BEC subzones

           Provides direction regarding landscape level retention targets, harvesting priorities and climate change

           Where other non-timber value strategies exist, and data is readily available, provides direction on key local non-timber values and concerns

           Includes a discussion of treatment risk, including reference to local wildfire management plans

           Helps to develop a spatially explicit five-year plan for silviculture investments

 

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