ALTERNATIVE SILVICULTURAL SYSTEMS (M.A.S.S.)
Location: 49º55'N; 125º25'W
Montane Moist Maritime, Coastal Western Hemlock zone
N.N. Winchester, University of Victoria
L.M. Humble, Canadian Forest Service, Victoria
R.A. Ring, University of Victoria
V.M. Behan-Pelletier, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa
M.A.S.S. partnership was established to address concerns about timber harvesting
in forests found between 700 m and 1,100 m. Our canopy project involves a
multi-agency cooperative between MacMillan Blodel Limited, Canadian Forest
Service, and the University of Victoria. Using single rope techniques and
modified aerial traps our project focuses on investigating the effects on
canopy arthropods of alternative silvicultural systems proposed for use in
regeneration of montane conifers.
majority of the field work was completed in 1996/97 and the samples are currently
being processed by the Canadian Forest Service and the major questions being
habitat attributes are required to maintain natural population levels of
canopy dwelling insects and other arthropods in coastal montane forest ecosystems?
oribatid species are associated with the branches and lichens of Western
Hemlock and Amabalis fir.
Z., M. Clayton, and V.M. Behan-Pelletier. 2008. Systematics and ecology
of Anachipteria geminus sp. nov. (Acari: Oribatida: Achipteriidae)
from arboreal lichens in Western North America. The Canadian Entomologist.
S.L. 2005. Community structure of canopy arthropods associated with Abies
amabilis branches in a variable retention forest stand on Vancouver
Island, British Columbia, Canada. University of Victoria, M.Sc. thesis.