Canadian Forest Service Publications

MPB Biodiversity (MPBio): A GIS-based Toolbox for Exploring the Ecological Consequences of Salvage Logging Description and User's Guide. 2009. Vernier, P.; Chan-McLeod, A.C.; Moy, A. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria, BC. Mountain Pine Beetle Working Paper 2009-21. 15 p.

Year: 2009

Available from: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 30809

Language: English

Series: Mountain Pine Beetle Working Paper (PFC - Victoria)

CFS Availability: Order paper copy (free), PDF (download)

Abstract

MPB-Biodiversity (MPBio) is a GIS-based toolbox designed to facilitate the assessment of alternative mountain pine beetle management strategies on wildlife habitat and other sustainable management indicators. The toolbox simulates mountain pine beetle infestation and salvage logging, projects changes in wildlife habitat supply and landscape structure, and regenerates and ages harvested stands. The main function of the toolbox is to support forest management decisions by assessing the impacts of different salvage logging scenarios on ecological indicators. MPBio is Beta-release version software; it is currently limited by such factors as slow processing speed, lack of a graphical user interface or a harvest simulator, and the simplistic treatment of succession in unsalvaged post-beetle infestation forest stands.

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