Aida Alene wrote:I can't seem to find any good resources or books on specifically restoring forests to their natural state after they have been planted with monoculture tree crops. My woodlot is made up of almost entirely Douglas fir (probably some genetically modified version that grows super fast) they are all about 80 years old. I want to do some research into the best way to rectify the situation for the life of the forest and better biodiversity. location: Coastal British Columbia
I am not sure there is any information available unfortunately.
I am on the whole other side of the country so things are far different here, but we have never had good luck with monoculture forests either. Our white pine plantation got White Pine Blister Rust, our Hackmatack got a Bark Beetle infestation, our Spruce got nailed with Spruce Budworm...it is enough
to make a landowner cry.
I wish I had more information for you.
I have had great success with circle cutting. That has created a lot of diversity in the stand, as well as allow wildlife to thrive. Now that I really think
about it, that has been our best luck so far getting the most diversity back in the stand. Our wild rabbit, deer
and moose are really rebounding despite a lot of coyote's here killing them all off. Here is a picture of those circle cutting efforts..