The PEI Watershed Alliance recently sent a letter expressing concern about the PEI Woodlot Owners Association’s proposal to loosen the rules that protect forested buffer zones. We sent the letter to the PEI Minister of Environment, and the Standing Committee on Agriculture, Environment, Energy and Forestry. Click on the link to read.
In a Buffer Zone
Every Tree Has a Purpose
Two Approaches for Protecting Fish and Wildlife Habitat in Managed Forests
Forests are complex and dynamic environments. Variations in topography, soil type, stream size and other conditions affect the number of trees foresters are required to leave in the riparian area. The law requires leaving the riparian area in a condition today that will grow to replicate natural stands of older forest at age 140 years. A certain number of trees and canopy cover need to be left within the riparian zone to achieve this Desired Future Condition (DFC). Both of the proposed buffer options depicted below will attain the DFC and either can be used depending upon site specific conditions. Both have a 50-foot core no harvest zone. Option 1 calls for thinning to encourage growing large trees faster. Option 2 leaves more trees closer to the stream.