Wildwood Management Plan

Ecoforesty Institute Society

Summary

The goal of this ecoforestry management plan is to maintain fully functioning ecosystems in Wildwood. The approach is to re-create the kind of forest stands expected in an undisturbed state for this area, with human interventions reduced to the level of the natural background disturbance. If this is achieved, then other services and benefits, such as educational values, recreational, habitat, biodiversity values, continued productivity, etc. will result by default.

Forest Management Plans typically aim to maintain the sustainability of timber supply. Ecoforestry aims to maintain the sustainability of both timber and non-timber values, including biodiversity, habitat diversity, soils, water, etc. Only then is there a realistic possibility that ecosystem function can be maintained indefinitely.

The plan is based on a recent inventory cruise and field map for Wildwood. Unproductive areas are netted out, and standard forest cover attributes are applied to the remaining forested polygons. The program “Woodlot for Windows” was used to simulate various cut levels, particularly the level designed to achieve the profile of natural stands expected for this area and natural disturbance type (NDT). Annual harvest is recommended to be 35m3 for the entire parcel, with a theoretical maximum of 46m3. The figures for just the east side of Quennel Lake are 20m3 and 27m3, respectively. The result: approximation of the undisturbed stand profile with respect to age and size class distribution, standing timber volumes, stand structural elements like veterans, snags and coarse woody debris, and also with respect to log size, quality, and market value.

It is believed that such a forest would far exceed provincial standards for protection of non-timber values including carbon sequestration and, it is hoped, provide for both ecosystem integrity and human use of forests.