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Citation Marmorek, D, Parnell, I, Webb, T, Z'Graggen, M, Kurz, W and Korman, J. 1998. The fish/forestry interaction program simulation model (FFIPS). In: Hogan, D.L., P.J. Tschaplinski, and S. Chatwin (Editors). B.C. Min. For., Res. Br., Victoria, B.C. Land Manage. Handb. No. 41.
Organization FLNRO
URL https://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hfd/pubs/docs/Lmh/Lmh41.htm
Abstract/Description or Keywords The Fish/Forestry Interaction Program (FFIP) has
completed over a decade of applied research into the
effects of climate and logging on fish habitat in
coastal watersheds. One of the main objectives of
FFIP is to study the extent and severity of mass
wasting impacts on fish habitat and populations. As
part of this goal, FFIP has begun a process to
develop a watershed-scale simulation model (FFIPS)
to assess how forest harvesting activities alter mass
wasting, erosion, and channel processes, and ultimately
fish production. The long-term goal of this
project is to synthesize research on fish/forestry
interactions into a tool for the integrated management
of watersheds throughout coastal British
Columbia. This tool would both build on and
supplement other tools such as handbooks, training
courses, the Forest Practices Code, the watershed
assessment procedure (Watershed Restoration
Program 1994) and the Gully Assessment Procedure
(Hogan et al. 1994).
The short-term objectives of the FFIPS project are
to: 1) improve scientific understanding by exploring
hypotheses, developing integrated models at a watershed
scale, and visualizing the impacts of logging on
fish in the context of natural processes and stresses;
2) improve interdisciplinary communication among
researchers and managers by forging explicit,
quantitative links between management actions,
watershed subsystems and “bottom-line” concerns;
and 3) identify priorities for research, monitoring and
adaptive management. This paper summarizes the
work we have completed so far. These systems are
very dynamic and very complex. Attempting to build
a model teaches us as much about what we don’t
know as what we do. We hope the lessons we have
learned are of general interest to practitioners of the
science and art of fish-forest interactions.
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Regional Watershed Coast Region
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Project status complete
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