FOREST ECOLOGY

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FOREST ECOLOGY

Forest ecology is the foundation for sound management decision-making. Our senior ecologists have experience in the development and application of the BC biogeoclimatic ecosystem classification (BEC) system which enables us to undertake accurate and comprehensive sampling, description and interpretation of ecosystems. Specifically, we provide services in Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping (TEM), forest ecological assessment and forest ecosystem based management applications to support forest and environmental management and stewardship. We have completed mid-scale TEM for over 5.5 million hectares of coastal British Columbia, ranging from small urban parks to entire Timber Supply Areas. We are very familiar with all phases of TEM projects and have developed efficient methods for completing these projects by introducing technological advances into our mapping system while maintaining high product quality. We have worked with the Terrestrial Ecosystems Information System (TEIS) since it was introduced in 2010 and provide TEM data deliverables that meet the applicable TEIS standards. Our team focusses on the practical application of ecological knowledge to help operational staff apply this information to their decision making.

"large projects covering 400,000-500,000 ha each year"

Recent TEM work has included R-Level TEM mapping for the Provincial government in the Great Bear Rain Forest (seven consecutive years since 2011). These are large projects covering 400,000-500,000 ha each year, and spanning complex ecological systems from hypermaritime climates to subcontinental climates. This TEM data forms the basis for land use planning under terms of the Great Bear Rainforest Order. Other clients have included municipal governments; Provincial government ministries including Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations; Parks Canada; forest companies; and Grouse Mountain Resort.

B.A. Blackwell & Associates Ltd. have developed landscape-level management applications based on TEM spatial data, including:

  • Site index adjustment
  • Fertilization planning
  • Operability and trafficability analyses
  • Tree species suitability
  • Conservation planning