Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program
FIA Project Y082163

    Chanterelle mushroom habitat modelling and inventory
Project lead: Ehlers, Tyson (Tysig Ecological Research)
Author: Ehlers, Tyson D.
Subject: Forest Investment Account (FIA), British Columbia
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program
There are no signifcant changes to the project methods being used as described in the original LOI for this project. The purpose of this project is to gather information on the ecology, distribution and abundance of Pacific golden chanterelle that is needed to integrate chanterelle production into sustainable forest managment planning. The project builds on previous work in the Nimpkish Valley (Tree Farm Licence 37) that detected chanterelles on 86 sites, 33 of which were considered highly (commercially) productive. Based on the information gathered from these sites, a habitat model was developed to map the distribution of Pacific golden chanterelle habitat across the study area, with assistance from Canadian Forest Products and Western Forest Products. Three ecologically similar sites with predicted high abundance of chanterelles were selected for monitoring productivity. All chanterelles were harvested from plots every 2-3 weeks throughout the fruiting season in 2003 and 2006. Total biomass production of chanterelles across the 3 sites averaged 8.3 kg/ha/yr (2003) and 4.39 kg/ha/yr (2006) fresh weight. The habitat maps were refined in 2006 and some ground-truthing has been done to verify their accuracy using quantitative methods to compare chanterelle productivity between mapped habitat types. Since chanterelles are often most abundant in second growth forests, the silviculture histories of some highly productive chanterelle sites are being examined to identify practices that could enhance chanterelle production. This research provides a foundation for integrating production of chanterelles into forest management planning on Northern Vancouver Island and elsewhere in British Columbia.
Related projects:  FSP_Y071163FSP_Y093163
Contact: Ehlers, Tyson, (250) 226-7063,


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Updated August 16, 2010 

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