|Sponsor:||Edson Forest Products- a Division of West Fraser|
Object & Deliverables
The project created a digital data layer which accurately represents channel classes (as described in the Operating Ground Rules) in the Edson Forest Products (EFP) Forest Management Area (FMA) inside FMU R13. The utilization of aerial 3-D imagery, bare earth LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) and Wet Areas Mapping (WAM) data was incorporated to ensure maximum accuracy of the final product. WAM data was utilized to predict stream location and flow direction. WAM stream data was carefully examined and scrutinized, using aerial imagery, LiDAR and ground truth data to ensure the efficacy of each line and flow direction as well as stream width. Only stream equal to or larger than transitional streams (greater than 0.4 metres in width) were included in the final data layer. Large permanent streams (greater than 5 metres in width) were delineated at the high water mark in order to verify their size and allow more accurate estimates of buffer sizes.
The complete findings of this project, methodology, and observations are contained in the Final Report.