"I chose Ecological Restoration because it is one field where you not only get to practice science, work outdoors, and build things but you get to make a difference."
Determining restoration prescriptions for heavily managed secondary forest stands in the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest.
Forest managers are interested in determining how stands that have been logged might be managed to restore features characteristic of forests in later-stages of development. Incorporating forest restoration into forest management enables the use of forest-management skills, such as silviculture and regeneration techniques, to manage individual stands for multiple objectives. Therefore, I performed a comparative analysis of large trees, very-large trees, large snags, very-large snags, and large CWD among three stand types (i.e., 60-yr-managed, 140-yr-natural, and 500-yr-natural stands). The 140-yr-natural and 500-yr-natural stands were used as reference conditions to guide the restoration of a 59-yr-managed spacing trial. All attributes differed among stand-types; however, large snags were the most similar attribute between 140-yr-natural and 500-yr-natural stands. Large trees were the fastest attribute to recover in 60-yr-managed stands, however mean values among stand-types still differed. This study highlights the potential of restoring old-natural attributes in younger-managed stands to increase ecological resiliency.
I believe that photos describe the stands better than words. Please refer to these images when comparing structural complexity among 60-yr-managed (A), 140-yr-natural (B), and 500-yr-natural (C) stands.
Where they are now...
Currently, Victoria is working at UBC’s Malcolm Knapp Research Forest in Maple Ridge, B.C. She is working as a graduate intern helping create educational and recreational programming for Loon Lake Lodge and Retreat Centre and assisting in various forestry-related projects.