||Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program|
|FIA Project 4928001
||Impacts of Pine Beetle Harvesting on Mule Deer Winter Range in the Merritt TSA (Year 4 Final Report)|
|Contributing Authors: Lower Nicola Indian Band; van Rossum, Greg|
|Subject: Forest Investment Account (FIA), British Columbia|
|Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program|
|The winter of 2008/09 was very mild in terms of snow accumulations. Provincial monitoring stations indicated that snow accumulations inthe region were 37% to 83% of normal. Early winter average snow depths for the Dry Lake study area were 30 cm, followed by Dillard at 24 cm and Danish Lake at 21cm. Average late winter snow depths for teh Dry lake, Dillard and Danish Lake study areas were 28.25 and 21 cm, respectively.|
As a result of the low snow accumulations, mule deer activity over the winter of 2008/09 was relatively high. Early winter trach densities for the Dry Lake, Dillard and Danish Lake areas were 9.4, 10 and 16 tracks/ km, respectively. Over the late winter sampling period, track densities at the Dry Lake, Dillard and Danish Lake area were 25, 7 and 21 tracks/ km, respectively.
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