|Sponsor:||Weyerhaeuser Company Limited|
Object & Deliverables
This project helped improve forest resource management through the continued development of a monitoring and classification system for blocks that have been harvested under ecological stand guidelines. The first objective was to provide a structure monitoring program that will better measure the amount of retention on the landscape within the Weyerhaeuser Grande Prairie FMA. The next objective was to collect the data necessary for continued improvement of the classification system for harvested blocks that have retained some form of vertical structure. The last objective was to determine if a subset of blocks can reliably represent values of retention remaining through air photo interpretation. This work was carried out by Greenlink Forestry Inc. From the total population of 321 cutblocks, 162 were randomly selected for sampling. Over the total Grande Prairie area, retention increased by 49% (volume based) and 53% (area based) compared to the previous 8-year average.
The results are noted in the report entitled, “Tree Retention of cutblocks established over the 2014/2015 & 2015/2016 harvest year in the Grande Prairie region”, submitted April 2018.