Peck, J.E. & P. Muir.  1999.  Commercial “moss” harvesting:  estimating the size of the resource and accumulation rates.  Report to the Eugene District Bureau of Land Management, Eugene, OR.

    To address the growing need for inventory estimates for the special forest product of epiphytic moss, we implemented a rapid inventory method, developed in a companion project, in 70
>50 year old upland and riparian forest plots below 915 m in central western Oregon. These plots were stratified by land classification and occurred in matrix, AMA, and LSR forest on the Eugene District, BLM, and within an AMA on the Sweet Home R.D., Willamette National Forest.  Site and stand characteristics were measured at each plot, as well as whole-plot level estimates of the number of trees and shrubs, of the number bearing harvestable moss mats, and of the number of harvestable mats on those trees and shrubs.  All commercially harvestable moss was then harvested using methods commonly employed by commercial harvesters.  Data from these plots were used to refine regression models derived in the companion project to predict plot-level harvestable moss biomass and the presence of harvestable moss.  These “indices of harvestability” allow rapid estimation of harvestable moss biomass for forest plots in the study region.  To estimate reaccumulation rates, the volume and species composition of variably sized harvestable moss mats were recorded on 10-20 vine maple stems in the 13 plots that had sufficient harvestable quantities of moss.  This document represents the final report for the project to implement the index, estimate accumulation rates, and discuss variation in these epiphyte communities.  This document also includes:  a discussion of the site characteristics conducive to the development of harvestable moss biomass, written instructions for repeating these procedures, a methods manual and datasheets, maps of the sampled sites, lists of the epiphytes found in the harvestable moss mats, and electronic spreadsheets with all site, biomass, and species data.



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