Growth and Yield Polygons

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Published by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development - Forest Analysis and Inventory
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Growth and Yield dataset is a provincial data set that comprised of Permanent Sample Plots (PSP) And Temporary Sample Plots (TSP) data. Re-measurement cycle for PSPs in natural stands is every 10 years. TSPs are only measured at the time of establishment.

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

Latitude: 48.0° to 60.0°
Longitude: -139.5° to -113.5°

Additional Information


PSPs data was created to provide information on rates of growth of existing forest, mortality, and changes in stand structure from stand establishment to maturity or cutting age. PSP data is also required to develop yield tables and to provide the basic information necessary for the development and calibration of growth and yield models. The TSP data is used in the development of the Variable Density Yield Prediction (VDYP) model to fit yield functions for stands of all ages and to provide implied growth rates for mature stands with inadequate PSP coverage. TSP data is also used to fit stand level decay models to net down the predicted yields from VDYP. Forest companies continue to use TSPs to construct Average Volume Lines (AVLs) which are area weighted averages of TSP volume within a given timber types. It is also commonly used to construct Stand and Stock tables.

Lineage Statement

Originally the growth and yield data were collected on field forms and then key punched into the computer in Standard Edit Format (ASCII flat file). Currently the data is collected from the field using Handheld computer, validated using Sample Plot Tools and loaded to the GYS Oracle database.

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Contact Information

NameAnya Reid (pointOfContact)
OrganizationMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Sub-OrganizationForest Analysis and Inventory
NameGary Johansen (pointOfContact)
OrganizationMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Sub-OrganizationForest Analysis and Inventory

Access & Security

Who can view this dataset? Government
Who can download this dataset?Government

Metadata Information

Record Published 2014-12-16
Record Last Modified 2019-12-17
Resource Status onGoing

Object Description


Short Name: GRY_PSP_PG

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
PERMANENT_SAM_PLOT_POLY_ID PER_SAM_ID NUMBER 10 Primary unique numeric identifier for a Permanent Sample Plot Polygon.
SAMPLE_REFERENCE_NUMBER SMPL_RFRNR VARCHAR2 15 A unique identifier that is used to distingush a sample reference.
REGION REGION NUMBER 2 An Inventory Branch designated region of BC for numbering samples.
COMPARTMENT CMPRTMNT NUMBER 3 A geographic subdivision of (Inventory) Region.
COMPARTMENT_LETTER CMPRTMNTLT VARCHAR2 1 A subdivision of provincial inventory reference compartments in regions 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 56.
SAMPLE_NUMBER SMPLNMBR NUMBER 3 Sample identification number - must be unique for a sample type within Region, Compartment, Compartment Letter and Installation.
ESTABLISHMENT_YEAR STBLSHMNTR NUMBER 4 The year of sample establishment for a permanent sample plot. This represents the first year in which a particular sample plot area was designated as a permanent sample plot.
PLOTS_IN_SAMPLE_COUNT PLTSNSMPLC NUMBER 2 The number of primary plots that exist in the sample. Primary plots are the largest of all the plots, containing the largest number of trees.
ACTIVE_IND ACTIVE_IND VARCHAR2 1 Used to indicate if the sample plot is considered active for any Ministry of Forests and Range personnel.
UTM_ZONE UTM_ZONE NUMBER 2 The Universal Trans Mercator Projection (UTM) reference line from which the Easting distance is taken.
UTM_EASTING UTM_EAST NUMBER 6 Latitudinal Co-ordinate of the Universal Trans Mercator Projection (UTM). The co-ordinate that locates a SAMPLE along a latitudinal axis of a UTM map projection.
UTM_NORTHING UTM_NORTH NUMBER 7 Longitudinal coordinate of the Universal Trans Mercator Projection (UTM). The co-ordinate that locates the sample along a longitudinal axis of a UTM map projection.
BUFFER_RADIUS BFFRRDS NUMBER 4 The radius in meters that a sample plot is buffered from the center of the plot. The buffer takes into account both the method used to gather the spatial data and whether the location is in the interior or on the coast.
SAMPLE_TYPE_CODE SAM_TYP_CD VARCHAR2 10 A code that identifies a particular sample type or design.
SAMPLE_STATUS_CODE SAM_STA_CD VARCHAR2 10 A code that identifies a sample status or state of activity.
ECOSYSTEM_ZONE_CODE ECO_ZON_CD VARCHAR2 10 A code that identifies a particular forest ecosystem
COAST_INTERIOR_CODE CSTNTRRCD VARCHAR2 1 A code to denote the designation of interior or coastal portions of BC. Used where there are different factors applied to the separate areas.
FIZ_CODE FIZ_CODE VARCHAR2 1 A geographic area of BC approximating broad climatic regimes.
DATA_OWNER_CODE DAT_OWN_CD VARCHAR2 10 A code that identifies a particular data owner. Ex.BFP British Columbia Forest ProductsFOR Forestry CanadaFRL Forest Research LabLIG Lignum LimitedMAC MacMillan Bloedel
POSITION_METHOD_CODE PSTN_MTHDD VARCHAR2 10 A code that identifies a method used to gather the position of the spatial data for a sample.
CONTACT_NAME CNTCTNM VARCHAR2 100 The name of the contact.
CONTACT_PHONE_NUMBER CNTCTPHNNM VARCHAR2 20 The phone number of the contact.
CONTACT_EMAIL CNTCTML VARCHAR2 128 The email address of the contact.
FEATURE_AREA_SQM AREA_SQM NUMBER 19 FEATURE_AREA_SQM is the system calculated area of a two-dimensional polygon in square meters
FEATURE_LENGTH_M FEAT_LEN NUMBER 19 FEATURE_LENGTH_M is the system calculated length or perimeter of a geometry in meters