WHEN SUSTAINABILITY IS KEY, KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

Clearwater, BC – Wells Gray Community Forest Corp. asked Ecora to perform a Change Monitoring Inventory (CMI) and analysis to assess the appropriateness of timber yield estimates for managed stands. Managed stand yields play a significant role in understanding the available volumes in the mid and long-term timber supply of a land base.

THE CHALLENGE

Understanding the future volume expectations for these stands will play a critical role in making sound and sustainable resource management decisions. Without this data, the Wells Gray Community Forest could find themselves in the difficult position of having inadequate timber supply in the future.

THE SOLUTION

Using the CMI standard, Ecora installed a series of randomly selected long-term sample plots. Field plots, with detailed tree measurements, were established representing the majority of ecosystem types on the land base. The Ecora forestry Analysis team then used the captured data to determine future volume expectations for the Wells Gray forest.

THE RESULTS

The data collected through this process supported the worry that managed stand yields estimates in the existing timber supply analysis had underestimated the productivity of the land base. The data suggests that the minimum harvest age is presently overestimated and managed stands will yield more volume than had presently been forecasted. With Ecora’s help, the Wells Gray Community forest will be able to avoid considerable short, mid and long-term impacts on their timber supply.

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