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Total resource design: documentation of a method and a discussion of its potential for application in British Columbia Duff, Julie Elizabeth


Total Resource Design (TRD) was developed for application in British Columbia (B.C.) by Simon Bell of the British Forestry Commission. It is based on a process called Landscape Analysis and Design developed by the U.S. Forest Service and uses a design process to translate broad objectives for a forest landscape into a design of ‘management units’ and guidelines for their future management. This design is based on an analysis of the ecological functioning of the landscape, its visual character and the various resource uses and values present in the landscape. Although the process of design is widely used in other professions, its application in a forestry context in B.C. is new. Therefore, in January 1994 a test application of the process was carried out by the Ministry of Forests in the West Arm Demonstration Forest, Nelson, B.C. This thesis documents the detailed method for the application of TRD which evolved during this test case. It is hoped that this method can be used as guidance for future applications of TRD in the Province. The final results of the West Arm Demonstration Forest test case are not yet known. However, based on the concepts used in TRD and its predicted outputs, it is suggested that Total Resource Design has the potential to address many current deficiencies in forest planning in British Columbia. Despite its potential to address these issues, it is emphasized that TRD is still in the test stages in B.C. It is also merely a framework to guide the design and management of a landscape. Its success will rely on the quality of the information available and the commitment of the team responsible for its implementation. It has the potential to greatly improve the effectiveness of integrated resource management of forest lands in British Columbia.

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