Water Stewardship Information Sources

Citation Natural Resources Canada. 2012. Montane Alternative Silvicultural Systems (MASS): Testing operational, economic, and biological impacts of alternatives to clearcutting in a coastal montane forest on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Natural Resources Canada.
Organization NRCAN
URL http://cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/pubwarehouse/pdfs/35447.pdf
Abstract/Description or Keywords The Montane Alternative Silvicultural Systems (MASS) project was established in 1991 to address rising
concerns about the extent of clearcut harvesting and regeneration performance in high-elevation
coastal forests. A multi-disciplinary research and operations partnership tested safety, economic
viability, and environmental sustainability of small Patch Cuts, Green Tree Retention, and Shelterwood
harvesting, and contributed to the acceptance of Variable Retention as a silvicultural system in British
Columbia. Longer term studies evaluated impacts on forest dynamics, soils, microclimate, and
biodiversity. In 2012, the study site continues to provide opportunity for further study. Scientists from
MacMillan Bloedel (now Island Timberlands) and the Canadian Forest Service led others from
University of Victoria, University of British Columbia, and the Forest Engineering Research Institute of
Canada (now FPInnovations) in research supported by the Canada–BC Forest Resource Development
Agreement (FRDAII), Forestry Practices Initiative of Canada’s Green Plan, Forest Renewal BC, and
Natural Resources Canada. snow hydrology, soil moisture, forest harvest
Information Type report
Regional Watershed Vancouver Island North
Sub-watershed if known
Aquifer #
Project status ongoing
Contact Name Ross Koppenaal
Contact Email [email protected]