Event Title

Bowron River Watershed: a landscape level assessment of post-beetle change in stream riparian function

Description

In 1975, a spruce bark beetle infestation spread throughout the Bowron River watershed. The province of British Columbia initiated accelerated harvesting in an attempt to control the spread of the beetle, reduce the fire hazard and salvage all merchantable timber. The similarities between that outbreak and the current mountain pine beetle infestation allows for a unique learning experience. Ministry of Forests Research (2007) used the Routine Riparian Effectiveness Evaluation, designed in 2004 by the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, to assess the current condition of streams and riparian areas in seventy streams within the watershed. Results from these findings were used to identify best management practices that protect stream and riparian functions in mountain pine beetle infested areas. Information collected from streams and riparian areas within the Bowron, combined with research in other watersheds, will be used to develop a model that predicts a site's sensitivity to impact.

Start Date

8-3-2008 8:00 AM

End Date

8-3-2008 5:00 PM

Subject - LCSH

Bark beetles--Control--British Columbia--Bowron River Watershed; Riparian areas--British Columbia--Bowron River Watershed--Management; Rivers--British Columbia--Bowron River Watershed--Management;

Geographic Coverage

Bowron River Watershed (B.C.)

Genre/Form

Abstracts

Session

Ecological Analysis and Restoration

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Language

English

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Bowron River Watershed: a landscape level assessment of post-beetle change in stream riparian function

In 1975, a spruce bark beetle infestation spread throughout the Bowron River watershed. The province of British Columbia initiated accelerated harvesting in an attempt to control the spread of the beetle, reduce the fire hazard and salvage all merchantable timber. The similarities between that outbreak and the current mountain pine beetle infestation allows for a unique learning experience. Ministry of Forests Research (2007) used the Routine Riparian Effectiveness Evaluation, designed in 2004 by the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, to assess the current condition of streams and riparian areas in seventy streams within the watershed. Results from these findings were used to identify best management practices that protect stream and riparian functions in mountain pine beetle infested areas. Information collected from streams and riparian areas within the Bowron, combined with research in other watersheds, will be used to develop a model that predicts a site's sensitivity to impact.