Thursday, June 10, 2010

GTR-220 implementation discussion

Today, a group of foresters & ecologists led by Malcolm North met to begin discussions on how to write a treatment prescription based on the broadly supported GTR-220 document describing how to restore resiliency to Sierran forests.

As an example of efforts currently underway to implement these guidelines, Eric Knapp discussed work being done on the Stanislaus-Tuolumne Experimental Forest, using detailed forest maps from 1929 & research by Richy J. Harrod, Bradner H. McRae, William E. Hartl: Historic stand reconstruction in ponderosa pine forests to guide silvicultural prescriptions.

Ramiro Rojas of the Sierra National Forest also discussed marking prescriptions for the Dinkey Proposed Actions, a project that has significant fisher habitat considerations.

The rest of the day was spent in the field.

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