Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest

Date Creek Silviculture Remeasurement

Project Reference Number: 2005-04

Project Status: Complete

Led by: Dave Coates, PhD, Research Silviculturist, Ministry of Forests and Range, Smithers

Enlichened Consulting Ltd., Clearwater

Funder: Ministry of Forests, Transfer Agreement

The Date Creek silvicultural systems study was established on a 4000 ha area in the Kispiox Forest District in the early 1990's to examine alternatives to traditional clearcut harvesting.  Multidisciplinary research has been undertaken, prescriptions developed and now the area is being used for adaptive management trials.  The study site has yielded 25 scientific papers, numerous reports and extension products, and has been used for tours involving a wide range of people (from local residents to international scientists).  The experiment is recognized internationally for its contributions to forest science.  This funding will allow re-measurement of core experiments (forest growth and coarse woody debris, plant succession, soils, and silviculture).  Experiments to be re-measured will be decided in consultation with project leaders of the various studies at Date Creek.