Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program
FIA Project Y061116

    East Kootenay BEC refinement project
Author: Lloyd, Dennis
Imprint: [Kamloops, B.C.] : [British Columbia Ministry of Forests and Range], 2006
Subject: Forest Investment Account (FIA), Biogeography, British Columbia, Classification
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program
In British Columbia, Biogeoclimatic (BGC) mapping and the Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification (BEC) framework have provided the cornerstone for ecological based forest management and planning decisions for over thirty years in BC. In the former Nelson Forest Region (NFR), the most recent BEC classification was completed in 1992. Subzone/variant mapping was refined from a scale of 1:250,000 to 1:50,000, between 2001 and 2004. In 2004, we completed a problem analysis, to identify classification and mapping deficiencies, identify sampling priorities and outline a strategic work plan for the NFR. We found that a number of new subzone/variants were mapped but lacked a site series classification. If Alpine, parkland and woodland BGC units are also considered, then 57% of the mapped variants/subzones in the NFR lacked a site series classification, and 33% of the described site series are based on too few plots (< 5 plots/site series). The existing classification framework also fails to include significant non forested ecosystems such as wetlands, rock outcrops, talus slopes, grasslands, meadows and avalanche tracks. Using the results of the revised classification, we have produced a 320 page field guide ' A Field Guide to Site Identification for 9 Biogeoclimatic Units in the East Kootenays', Lloyd et. al,. April 2006. This electronic guide has been produced using Adobe InDesign following a standard format developed for the Southern Interior Forest Region. The results are available to resource managers as a DRAFT document, in a PDF format on the following Ministry of Forests and Ranges FTP site,!publish/Dennis_Lloyd_East_Kootenay_BEC_Materials
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