|Sponsor:||Weyerhaeuser Company Limited|
The TROLS (Terrestrial and Riparian Organisms, Lakes and Streams) project aims to determine the consequences of buffers of varying widths on aquatic and terrestrial communities in the Mixed Ecoregion of Western Canada. The funding is for year 3 or Phase 2 of the project. The main objectives are to understand the ecological functioning of riparian forests, the impact of forest harvesting and buffer strips of different widths on the ability of riparian forests to conserve animal and plant populations, and the functioning of lake and stream ecosystems. This study provided recommendations on an appropriate approach to buffer management to maintain aquatic, riparian, and terrestrial community quality and biodiversity. Considerable work was accomplished during the third year of the study in which the buffer strip harvesting treatments were applied. Monitoring of communities continued past the one-year funding for this project so no results were available. The final report was submitted by Ellie Prepas et al. in May 1999, entitled “The Role of Buffer Strips for Maintenance of Terrestrial, Riparian and Aquatic Communities in the Boreal Plain (TROLS) – Part 11: Post Harvesting Effects, 1998-1999 Progress Report”.