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Strategic plan for management of mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) in the Prince George TSA

Author(s): Byman, Patience; University of Northern British Columbia
Imprint: [Prince George], B.C. : Canfor, Prince George Woodlands, 2003
Subject: Forest Investment Account (FIA), Rocky Mountain Goat
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program - Innovative


Mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) have been identified in British Columbia as a species at risk and are an important management consideration for CanFor in their SFM Plan. Mountain goats are important to British Columbia's resource managers because British Columbia has the largest native population out of the nine United States and four Canadian Provinces or Territories that are home to goats. There are currently no specific management regimes in place for this species . This strategic plan will assist in addressing current knowledge gaps regarding mountain goats in the PG TSA. By designing tactical responses to address knowledge gaps, resource managers will be better informed to facilitate and coordinate silviculture activities as well as recreational use in areas occupied/used by mountain goats in a manner that best meets the needs of these animals. The long-term goal for CanFor is to ensure that their operational activities do not impact on mountain goat populations by developing conservation measures that protect available habitat. Key constraints to mountain goat management include: 1. Critical habitats and habitat features required for the goat 2. Lack of specific management needs 3. Goats are particularly sensitivities to disturbance 4. Lack of specific policies to assist managers Table 1 addresses the above issues and objectives by identifying strategic (knowledge gaps) issues, and tactical responses. The tactics are based on personal interviews, available information - contained in the annotated bibliography (Appendix 1), other documents9, and the authors' opinions. This plan (Table 1) is intended to be updated annually, providing a method to track research trials, indicating present and future opportunities, and prioritizing projects..
Patience Byman

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