Montane Alternative Silvicultural Systems, British Columbia, CanadaEntry ID: Canada_CFS_MontanAlterSilvicult
Abstract: Montane forests have a winter snowpack and are found between 700 and 1100
metres in elevation on central Vancouver Island. They contain a large part of
the coastal timber harvest (Beese 1995a). Irregular stocking density and growth
stagnation in some large montane clearcuts suggest that regeneration may not be
meeting current growth expectations.
The apparent growth problems may be related to environmental
conditions on large clearcuts that create unfavorable microclimate, vegetation
competition, nutrition or other ecosystem processes affecting forest
regeneration (Koppenaal and Mitchell 1992).
Local and global demand to sustain a multitude of values from forest
land, such as visual aesthetics and biological diversity, has raised other
concerns with clearcutting. Coastal forest managers need to know where
alternatives to clearcutting are feasible, economical and ecologically sound.
The Montane Alternative Silvicultural Systems (MASS) partnership is a
multi-agency cooperative testing new approaches to harvesting and regeneration.
It builds upon knowledge and expertise gained in over 20 years of silvicultural
and ecological research and operations in this forest type (Arnott and Pendl
1994; Arnott et al. 1995).
Partners in the MASS Research and Operations:
Canadian Forest Service
MacMillan Bloedel Limited
Forest Engineering Research Institute of Canada
University of British Columbia
University of Victoria
B.C. Ministry of Forests
Funded in part by Forest Renewal B.C.The overall objectives of the
MASS project are to:
1.Test alternative silvicultural systems for coastal montane forests.
2.Document the operational costs and feasibility.
3.Study the biological and silvicultural impacts.
There are 21 integrated research studies investigating many aspects of
this long-term experiment, including: feasibility and economics, soil
disturbance and productivity, decomposition, leaching and nutrition,
microclimate, ecophysiology of conifers, natural and planted regeneration,
seedling response to competition and nutrition, vegetation succession and
forest structure, growth and yield, forest bird and canopy insect diversity,
forest health, and the genetic consequences of alternative silvicultural
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Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Government of Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre
Dataset Title: Montane Alternative Silvicultural Systems, British Columbia, Canada
Dataset Release Place: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Dataset Publisher: Gov Canada, NRCAN,Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre
Start Date: 1992-01-01
AGRICULTURE > FOREST SCIENCE > FOREST HARVESTING AND ENGINEERING
AGRICULTURE > FOREST SCIENCE > FOREST MANAGEMENT
AGRICULTURE > FOREST SCIENCE > FOREST MENSURATION
AGRICULTURE > FOREST SCIENCE > FOREST PROTECTION
AGRICULTURE > FOREST SCIENCE > FOREST YIELDS
AGRICULTURE > FOREST SCIENCE > REFORESTATION
BIOSPHERE > VEGETATION > CANOPY CHARACTERISTICS
BIOSPHERE > VEGETATION > DECIDUOUS VEGETATION
BIOSPHERE > VEGETATION > FOREST COMPOSITION/VEGETATION STRUCTURE
BIOSPHERE > VEGETATION > REFORESTATION
BIOSPHERE > VEGETATION > VEGETATION COVER
BIOSPHERE > VEGETATION > VEGETATION INDEX
BIOSPHERE > VEGETATION > VEGETATION SPECIES
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > BIRDS
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > ARTHROPODS > HEXAPODS > INSECTS
BIOSPHERE > ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS > SPECIES/POPULATION INTERACTIONS > SPECIES COMPETITION
BIOSPHERE > ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS > COMMUNITY DYNAMICS > PLANT SUCCESSION
BIOSPHERE > ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS > ECOSYSTEM FUNCTIONS > NUTRIENT CYCLING
BIOSPHERE > ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS > ECOSYSTEM FUNCTIONS > DECOMPOSITION
BIOSPHERE > ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS > COMMUNITY DYNAMICS > COMMUNITY STRUCTURE
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Role: DIF AUTHOR
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: amitchel at nrcan.gc.ca
506 West Burnside Road
Province or State: British Columbia
Postal Code: V8Z 1M5
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2001-09-25
Last DIF Revision Date: 2010-03-08
Future DIF Review Date: 2005-03-20