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Exercise

Overview from Previous Workshop – for information only

This lesson will take place in the field at 2 stops – Stop 1 is the ‘proposed partial cut,’ Stop 2 is an existing RMA.

Stop 1. The whole group will first inspect the boundaries of an opening edge and work through the field cards to calibrate the biophysical hazard assessment and discuss the impacts of windthrow on prescription success. The group will then walk into the adjacent stand.

In the stand, the group will split into the same small groups of 3–4. Each small group will be asked to design two partial cutting prescriptions, one for a target stand with uniform removal, a second for a target stand with group removal. They should consider biophysical hazard and modify their prescriptions to reduce risk to an acceptable level. They should also consider impacts of windthrow and salvage strategies. The entire group will get together and small groups will present their findings.

Stop 2. The group will inspect an existing RMA with windthrow. Start by having them go through the cards and evaluate windthrow risk. Discuss whether the outcome was as they would have predicted. Discuss potential/observed impacts and whether they are acceptable given prescription objectives. Discuss alternative RMA design strategies, and potential for salvage/mitigation of impacts.

 
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