Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest

Compilation of Existing Data on Advanced Regeneration in Pine Stands

Project Reference Number: 2005-10

Project Status: Complete

Led by: Phil Burton, PhD, UNBC, Prince George

Dave Coates, PhD, Research Silviculturist, Ministry of Forests and Range, Smithers; Avison Management Services Ltd., Vanderhoof

Funder: - None -

This project will supplement data already being collected by four current FSP Projects (Y061184, Y061148, Y061072 and Y061134) to address a topic recently identified as a priority by the Chief Forester. We will compile operation information readily available from industry and government on advanced regeneration in pine leading (>80%) stands in support of modelling efforts that will explore the potential impact that better advance regeneration protection might have on mid-term timber supply in the wake of MPB timber salvage. We will examine field data collected in association with the preparation of silvicultural prescriptions, specifically the old FS711 forms, the more recent FS39A forms and data collected for wildlife habitat leave zone within harvest units.

The objectives of this project are to compile available information on the density of advanced regeneration and non-commerical trees under pre-harvest conditions in pure (>80%) lodgepole pine stands of the Nechako Plateau. This work is in reference to all lodgepole pine stands for which data can be assembled, not just those standing today or suffering from mountain pine beetle attack.