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Module 3, Part C — Coarse woody debris — continued
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Maintaining coarse woody debris (CWD) post-harvesting is a critical element of managing for biodiversity.
CWD should be managed in conjunction with WTPs, individual leave trees, and other reserve areas. Standing trees are the source of future CWD.
Some practices can be modified to help address requirements for CWD. Post-harvest CWD volume objectives may be met with post-logging waste and residue for first rotation harvesting.
Coniferous material lasts many times longer than deciduous material and therefore remains part of the useable structure of a stand for much longer time.
In mixed wood ecosystems, coniferous material is generally more valuable than deciduous material.
CWD can be managed in conjunction with wildlife trees and other constrained or reserve areas. Standing live and dead trees and/or stubs retained on cutblocks represent important sources of CWD recruitment.
CWD has additional value in riparian areas, which are a valuable habitat resource for many species of wildlife.
When developing objectives for CWD, consider other objectives such as forest health and fuel loading.
An assessment of CWD can follow the standardized methodology outlined in the Resource Inventory Committee Vegetation Inventory Procedures Manual.
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