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Analyses – Spatial, Statistical, Socio-economic

A lot of land management requires review and analysis of data. We can help.

A couple of the data analysis-focused projects we’ve completed are outlined below:

Patch Distribution and Seral Stage Analyses

As part of Forest Ecosystem Management, we want to ensure that forests are distributed across the landscape in a range of ages (seral stages) and of sizes (patches). Westland Resources has created algorithms and carried out analyses that allow government agencies and forest tenure holders to evaluate existing distributions and compare them with government targets.

Delivered Log Cost Analyses

In support of efforts to attract new forest industry to BC’s Pacific Northwest, Westland Resources was engaged in 2009 to provide an analysis of the Delivered Log Costs for the Coast Mountains Natural Resource District. This product has proven very helpful, and in 2010, we were asked to produce a similar product for a client in the Kispiox Timber Supply Area, and to update the 2009 report for delivery of logs to Kitimat. In 2018 and 2019, the Delivered Log Cost model was updated again through a project funded by the Kitselas First Nation and the BC Rural Dividend.

Click on the following links to the 2009 and 2010 reports for the Kalum District. The latest work on the Delivered Log Costs can be found here.

Future Forest Products

Westland Resources completed a market analysis and developed a grading system to identify traditional, innovative, and novel forest products that could be potential for development in Northwest BC.  This analysis was identified as a crucial component for a better understanding of the Northwest economies and the potential local businesses that may help stabilize our economies.  For more details, view the report here.

Second Growth Volume 

With a growing need for second-growth forestry to develop in the region, it is necessary to have a confident estimate of what second-growth volume is available for harvest.  To provide this confidence, Westland completed ground-based sampling of second growth forests in the region and used the resultant data to identify conformance or discrepancies with the current VRI data. Results show with confidence that VRI outputs consistently underestimate second-growth volume in the region, and that we may be nearing a stage where long-term, sustainable second-growth harvesting can occur. Read the report here to learn more.