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Background Information on the Course

Target Audience

The target audience for this course includes silviculture surveyors, contract administrators, and people developing SMPs or SPs. The course content assumes that participants have a working knowledge of the current silviculture survey system as well as the development of SPs and SMPs.


  • Working knowledge of the Silviculture Survey System.
  • Basic understanding of Forest Health issues.
  • Basic understanding of Multi-story Stands.

Purposes of this Course

The purpose of this course is to improve forest management in British Columbia by improving the ability of silviculture surveyors to estimate site index — one of the key variables that needs to be considered for effective forest management decision making.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the purpose of estimating site index.
  • Know which method of estimating site index is best to use for each species and site.
  • Collect site index data that conforms to provincial standards.

Course Format

This course consists of a one day workshop, with half-day class and field sessions. The course workbook summarizes the in-class information, provides site index reference material, and allows participants to add their own notes.

Equipment Required

For In-class Exercises For Field Exercises
Site Index reference material
Personal field gear (Cruiser's vest, rain gear, boots, etc.) plus whatever you can bring from the following list:
Increment borer
5.64 m plot cord
Folding hand saw
Carpenter's measuring tape
Field book
DBH tape
30 m tape or loggers chain
Hand lens
Pocket knife



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