Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FIA Project 102916

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Mule deer winter range planning: current and future forest condition pilot project

Author(s): Professional Resources Group
Imprint: Williams Lake, B.C. : Professional Resources Group, Inland Timber Management Ltd., 2002
Subject: Mule Deer, British Columbia, Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management, Forest Investment Account (FIA)
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program


This report provides a summary of the process employed to test a methodology that applies the management direction provided by the Cariboo-Chilcotin Land use Plan (CCLUP) Management Strategy for Mule Deer Winter Ranges in the Cariboo-Chilcotin Part 1a: Management Plan for Shallow and Moderate Snowpack Zones (December 2002). This management strategy, commonly referred to as the Mule Deer Winter Range (MDWR) planning ‘template’, provides direction that is intended to address habitat supply needs within MDWR’s. Additionally, the template outlines a mechanism to provide timber harvest opportunity within MDWR areas but does not provide a concise measure of timber availability that would be suitable for sustainable resource management planning or other landscape level analysis. This project is intended to create a process to more accurately measure timber supply potential within MDWR areas. Specifically, the objectives of this project are to develop an approach for providing detailed stand structure information within MDWR’s that will ensure the achievement of habitat objectives and facilitate timber planning within MDWR areas. Secondly, to develop and test a methodology to photo interpret and classify forest polygons on MDWR’s into stand types for which detailed stand and stock information has been previously developed. Thirdly, to develop and test methodologies to model timber yield on mule deer winter ranges based on the initial stand structure and the long-term stand structure objectives supplied by government and finally, to critique and discuss the limitations of the tested methodologies and provide recommendations to support future development.
submitted to Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management, Cariboo Region.

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