Regeneration and Stand Structure in Stands in the East Ootsa and Entiako Areas after Infestation by Mountain Pine Beetles
Project Reference Number: 2005-05
Project Status: Complete
Led by: Deborah Cichowski, Caribou Ecological Consulting, SmithersGentian Botanical Research, Smithers
Funder: Forest Investment Account - Forest Science Program
The south end of the Lakes TSA was one of the earliest areas in the province to experience epidemic levels of the mountain pine beetle (MPB) outbreak. Four years ago, at the beginning of the epidemic, researchers and resource managers identified a critical gap in knowledge relating to how forest structure and vegetation dynamics would respond to the epidemic. In 2001, Deborah Cichowski and Patrick Williston, in cooperation with Fraser Lake Sawmills and BC Parks, established research plots in the Entiako and East Ootsa areas to measure and monitor vegetation responses to the MPB outbreak. The purpose of this project is to re measure existing research plots within MPB stands and to address knowledge gaps relating to advanced regeneration, ingress, stand structure and coarse woody debris.
Specific objectives for the project include:
1. Measuring changes in overstory and understory stand attributes in response to epidemic levels of mountain pine beetles.
2. Measuring regeneration response following epidemic mountain pine beetle levels.