Project Code: MWI-01-031
Program: FRIP
Sponsor:Millar Western Forest Products Ltd.

Object & Deliverables

The intent of this project was to use LIDAR derived volumes to provide a more accurate estimate of proposed harvest volume for forest planning in Alberta.

The first phase of this project involved the comparison of known physical measurements of trees from Millar Western’s PSP program to the LIDAR information derived for each of these individual trees. The correlation between these two data sets then allowed a model to be built for each stand type (strata) across the landscape on which Millar Western Operates.

The second phase of this project was to create a platform where this data could be quickly analyzed by forest resource professionals for a wide variety of harvest scenarios across the landscape. This phase focused on the development of the Advanced Forest Inventory Decision Support (AFRIDS) tool, which utilized the LIDAR models created in Phase 1, into a web based interface that could easily display the volume information applicable to forests within this region of Alberta. AFRIDS allows the forest resource professionals to quickly assess a wide forest management decisions with real time volume calculations.

The third phase of the project was to utilize the Operational Tracker TM tool to ensure that estimated volumes are within an acceptable limit compared to scaled volumes. The objective was to achieve estimates that would be consistently more accurate than the traditional approach of using Alberta Vegetation Inventory (AVI) estimates.


Final Report

The final results show there is a significant improvement in predicting final harvest volumes when looking at a large sample size. The total LIDAR derived volumes are better in predicting total softwood and hardwood volumes. The final report was submitted by Millar Western 10 May2018.