Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program
FIA Project 4627003

    Impacts of Pine Beetle Harvesting on Mule Deer Winter Range in the Merritt TSA: Year 2: Pre-Harvest Monitoring : Winter Track Transect Surveys DRAFT [2006/07 Project Description Only]
Project lead: Weyerhaeuser Company Ltd.
Subject: Forest Investment Account (FIA), Mule Deer, British Columbia
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program
In July 2005 the Provincial Chief Forester determined an allowable annual cut (AAC) of 2.8 million m3 for the Merritt Timber Supply Area (TSA). The determination included nearly one million m3 to address the spreading infestation of mountain pine beetle (MPB). The Interior Douglas-fir (IDF) biogeoclimatic zone composes 47% of the Merritt TSA (Lloyd 1990). The IDF is considered to provide the most suitable mule deer winter range (MDWR) habitat (Armleder et al. 1986). A considerable portion of pine beetle salvage will occur within this zone. The Lower Nicola Indian Band (LNIB) expressed concern over the impacts of the elevated harvest levels on wintering mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus hemionus). A project was proposed to monitor mule deer response to MPB harvest treatments in the Merritt TSA.
prepared by Lower Nicola Indian Band.
Contact: Jones, Stephen, (250) 497-1291,

Updated August 17, 2010 

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