Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FII Project R02-44

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Study of pine mushroom ecology and management strategies in the Anaheim Lake area

Author(s): Vaughan, Laurie; Chapman, Bill
Imprint: B.C. : Yun Ka Whu’ten (YKW) Holdings Ltd., 2003
Subject: Mushrooms, Ecology, British Columbia, Dendroctonus Ponderosae
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program


During the five years the Study of Pine Mushroom Ecology and Management Strategies in the Anahim Lake Area has been ongoing, data has been gathered which can provide information on stand level and site level attributes associated with pine mushrooms. This may lead to a management tool for Developers to use in the planning process. Testing of the efficacy of these results is required prior to implementation. The data set formed from this research is comprehensive and will require time to fully analyse but once completed will provide further information that will assist in understanding the unique habitat requirements of pine mushroom on the landscape. Forestry sites were chosen and laid out. However, due to the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic in the area, logging of these trails was delayed. The result of this delay was that Forest Managers and Mushroom Researchers developed a close working relationship in trying to come up with innovative ideas on how to work within the constraints of the Beetle epidemic. This is of utmost importance as the Mountain Pine Beetle preferentially attacks mature and old pine trees. These are the same trees that the pine mushroom is associated with in the area. Implementing the trials at the time may have been a poor investment as the beetles could conceivably have destroyed the treatments. Therefore, finding a possible solution to this was important prior to implementation. Furthermore, the mushroom is now at risk because its local host is threatened. Finding a management solution that will address this new concern has taken top priority in the region. A new research proposal has been submitted to FII to look at the potential to use selective harvest techniques as a method of beetle proofing stands as well as maintaining pine mushroom presence on the landscape.
Laurie Vaughan and Bill Chapman.

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