Selecting management practices
During adaptive management, the planning and practices to be implemented must be selected prior to designing a monitoring plan. Sustainable forestry cannot be implemented without a plan that includes practices intended to achieve specified objectives. Before assessing the effectiveness of management, we must first have selected what we will do to attain success.1,2 The right questions can only be asked, and possibly answered through monitoring, if a specific set of practices believed to help achieve the goals is first adopted and implemented. Some refer to these practices as “best management practices”. This term is misleading. Practices should be termed “better” only if their outcome was monitored and proven favourable in helping to meet the objectives. Practices can only be “best ” if compared with other practices through some experimental design.
1Bunnell, F.L. B.G. Dunsworth, D.J. Huggard and L.L. Kremsater. 2003. Learning to sustain biological diversity on Weyerhaeuser’s coastal tenure. The Forest Project, Weyerhaeuser, Nanaimo, BC.
2Bunnell, F.L. 2003. Monitoring to Sustain Biological Diversity in British Columbia. Report to BC Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection, Victoria, BC.