Our SCUP project (strip cut understory protection) progressed without any serious hitches in September. Our team in northern Alberta consisted of Jeff, Dan, and Shaun. Working at a steady pace despite the snow fall, they completed each site collecting data and performing moderate site maintenance.
The data provided from this project helps develop growth models for understory protection and at various concentrations of strip logging. By developing these models logging companies can develop strategies of maximizing their crop volume as well as improve their ACE (allowable cut effect). More wood volume over a shorter rotation of time.
Since all mills have agreed to sustainable forestry initiatives this research provides a great deal of insight. Although this project is still in its early stages of development, it will be exciting to see what the data reveals. If this strategy proves to be effective, it may transform some of the current logging practices today.