Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest

Year 2 - The Effect of Site Type and Stand Structure on the Relationship Between Growth and Light Availability for Understory Trees (Juvenile Trees)

Project Reference Number: 2008-09

Project Status: Complete

Led by: Erica Close, Bulkley Valley Research Centre, Smithers

Marie-Lou Lefrancois, Bulkley Valley Research Centre, Smithers; Beth Henderson, Bulkley Valley Research Centre, Smithers

Funder: Forest Investment Account - Forest Science Program

Project Proposal

This project quantifies how light availability, site type, and canopy structure influence understory tree growth in sub-boreal forests. We propose to investigate: (1) how the relationship between light availability and growth of understory tree species changes across a site-type gradient, and (2) the influence of overstory structure on understory tree growth. The study builds on previous work undertaken on average site types. Our current forest management paradigm calls for increased focus on complex stand management. To evaluate and plan complex stand management, forest managers require additional knowledge of understory tree growth and quantitative relationships that can be used to predict understory tree growth. This project will improve our understanding of understory tree growth and provide quantitative relationships that can be used in forest management.

Related Reports

Publication Date Report Title Authors
January 2012 Multiple resource limitation and ontogeny combined: a growth rate comparison of three co-occurring conifers Erica B. Lilles and Rasmus Astrup
February 2008 The Effect of Site Type and Light Availability on Height Increment of Individual Juvenile Trees Erica Close and Rasmus Astrup