Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FII Project R04-018

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Ecological relationships between threatened caribou herds and their habitat in the central Rocky Mountains Ecoregion

Author(s): Seip, Dale (BC Ministry of Forests)
Subject: Biology, Forestry, Integrated resource management, Silviculture/Forest Management Systems, Wildlife
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program


Woodland caribou in the Central Rocky Mountains Ecoregion are nationally listed as 'Threatened'. Under the Federal Species at Risk Act (SARA) a national recovery plan must be prepared which identifies Critical Habitat. Forestry activities within this area must then be consistent with the conservation of that critical habitat. The study area is the transition zone between the northern ecotype and mountain ecotype of woodland caribou. These two ecotypes have very different habitat requirements with very different management objectives. However, the habitat use patterns, location of critical habitat, and appropriate habitat management objectives for the different herds within the study area are not known. This purpose of this project is to identify the habitat requirements for the different caribou herds in the area, and identify appropriate management practices. The project will also lead to a better understanding of the ecological factors that determine the pattern.

For further information, please contact Dale Seip, BC Ministry of Forests (

Updated September 08, 2005 

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