||Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program|
|FIA Project 4410002
||Candidate High Conservation Value Forest Assessment in the Invermere Timber Supply Area|
|Project lead: Slocan Forest Products Ltd.|
|Author: Wells, Ralph W.|
|Subject: Forest Investment Account (FIA), British Columbia|
|Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program|
|This project addresses the assessment and identification of identified candidate High Conservation Value Forests (HCV 1-3) in the Invermere Timber Supply Area (TSA) based on Proforest and Criteria and Indicator (C&I) approaches. Although certification will initially apply to Tembec Incís. tenure, evaluation of conservation values was undertaken for the entire forested area of the TSA regardless of tenure, including both crown and private forested lands.|
The identification of draft candidate HCVFs for the Invermere TSA was undertaken by a collaborative group using a raster-based GIS approach to provide decision support in a series of workshops. The process was iterative, with HCV identification, mapping and analysis continually reviewed and refined during the workshop series. Overall, the collaboration group successfully identified a range of values linked to the three Proforest High Conservation Values for biodiversity and to the three indicators for sustaining biological richness. To the fullest extent possible, all values that were identified were incorporated into the draft candidate HCVFs. Perhaps most importantly, the collaborative effort has clearly led to identification of a number of areas with substantial conservation value in the Invermere TSA.
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