The study site at the Department of National Defense, Rocky Point continues to offer an opportunity to explore trends in canopy arthropod communities and apply this information across a wide geographic region that includes different ancient forest mosaics. This site provided access to the canopy by means of a fixed access system that was modelled after the Carmanah system. A portable winch is used to gain access to a series of platforms and bridges that link five Douglas fir trees together.
During a one year period from 1995-1996 we systematically collected an estimated 1 million arthropods and analyses focused on answering the following questions:
In conjunction with our research program this study site has been designated as an EMAN node and a Smithsonian (MAB) plot. An operational microclimate station that measures temperature, light and precipitation in the canopy is being run by the Royal Roads University in cooperation with Environment Canada.