Canadian Forest Service Publications

Landscape management and biodiversity: Automating the design of forest ecosystem networks. 1996. Thomson, A.J.; Goodenough, D.G.; Adams, B.; Archibald, R.; Morgan, D.; Hawkins, D.; Say, D. AI Applications 10(3): 57-65.

Year: 1996

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 4721

Language: English

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Abstract

The biodiversity guidelines of the British Columbia Forest Practices Code provide a complex set of objectives for forest composition at the landscape level. Objectives include seral stage, interior habitat, ecosystem representation, and connectivity limits, which must be integrated with the objectives of more than 50 other guidebooks, notably those for riparian management areas and identified wildlife management. To meet the objectives, specific areas are set aside in interconnected Forest Ecosystem Networks (FENs). A computer software system (FEN_Maker) was developed using an object-oriented spatial spreadsheet system (Facet) to advise on suitability of areas to include in the FENs. Corridors linking the FENs are also proposed. As FENs are interactively created and linked, the targets specified by the guidelines are updated. Forest management plans can be imported to evaluate suitability, while FENs can be exported to wildlife habitat supply models and harvest scheduling analyses.