Diablo Meadows

Before and After Photos

Diablo Meadows Before

Before restoration – The forest consisted of dense thickets of unhealthy Douglas fir, small forest openings, and large trees scattered throughout.

Diablo Meadows After

After restoration – about two-thirds of the trees were removed. The largest, healthiest trees were retained, and they were left in a pattern of clumps and openings that followed the pattern of the stumps in the stand. Standing dead trees, such as the one in the centre of this photograph, were left standing to retain wildlife habitat.

Eco-cultural Restoration Prescription

The broad goals of eco-cultural restoration at Diablo Meadows are to re-establish old growth forest composition, structure and function, to restore Xaxli’p plant diversity, and to restore wildlife habitat. In 2008, the XCFC Forest Crew surveyed the forest to determine the current condition and character of the stand, and to make an estimate of the stand density and structure prior to fire suppression and logging. Based on the number of old growth stumps and remnant old growth trees in the stand, the stand density prior to fire suppression and logging (the original stand density) was estimated to be 150 to 200 stems per hectare. Because many of the trees at Diablo Meadows are potentially merchantable, the forest was not thinned to the original stand density. Instead, the forest was thinned to 400 to 650 stems per hectare, with all potentially merchantable trees left standing.  Once XCFC is ready to harvest and sell timber, we will be able to carry out further thinning for timber sales and achieve the target density for eco-cultural restoration. The restoration prescription indicated the following treatment specifications:

·         thin the forest to a density of 400 to 650 stems per hectare
·         cut the small, unhealthy, non-merchantable trees
·         retain healthy, large trees
·         restore patchy and open structure of the forest by creating openings and leaving patches of large trees.
·         retain deciduous trees, such as aspen and cottonwood, for species diversity and soil building
·         leave trees standing beside stumps and along fallen trees.
·         Thin trees out around large trees and  deciduous trees
·         Cut down thickets of young Douglas fir trees
·         do not cut down any dead trees (snags) or damage any large fallen trees.
·         prune the trees up to 5 meters
·         remove all freshly fallen trees for firewood for community members

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