In past years, there has been a serious need to develop the ability to report on the current status of the forest resource in British Columbia. There is also a pressing need to monitor forest changes.
In 2010, government developed a business case for monitoring called Why We Need to Monitor Change in Our Managed Forests, that focuses on second-growth stands in high risk and priority management units. This identified a critical knowledge gap in many areas, including stand performance, forest health, stocking and volume. It is based on key business drivers, including:
- Confirming sustainability, especially over the mid-term
- Fulfilling forest stewardship core responsibilities
- Providing critical information for allowable annual cut determinations
- Checking site productivity and stand performance assumptions
- Providing continuous feedback to improve basic and incremental silviculture, including tree improvement investments
- Providing data on how carbon sequestration and climate change may be affecting second-growth stands
In response to this need, the inventory section has developed a re-measured permanent plot program to monitor young stand growth and yield. This program provides data to check the growth and yield predictions employed in timber supply review, silviculture planning, yield modelling, and other key forest management tools and processes. It targets high-risk areas where young stand growth rates are critical to mid-term timber supply. Initial work focuses on the development of a monitoring mock-up for review by key stakeholders. A monitoring framework and detailed work plans are also being developed at this time.