Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FII Project R04-021

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Group selection systems to maintain caribou habitat in high elevation forests (ESSFwc3) in central BC

Author(s): Waterhouse, Michaela (BC Ministry of Forests)
Subject: Ecology, Forestry, Silviculture/Forest Management Systems, Wildlife
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program


Under the Cariboo-Chilcotin Land Use Plan, mountain caribou are considered a key management species and under the federal Species at Risk Act they are designated as threatened. The objective of this long-term project, established in 1990, is to develop and test group selection silvicultural systems to maintain mountain caribou habitat. The project will continue to produce many short-term deliverables to facilitate resource management. The main goal is to retain arboreal forage lichens, while extracting timber, achieving regeneration, maintaining biodiversity and assessing implications to peak streamflow. Continued research is required to provide a sound scientific basis for the 'modified harvesting options' under the Cariboo-Chilcotin Land Use Plan as it affects over 53,000 ha of critical wintering habitat. This proposal makes the Mount Tom adaptive management trial possible by building on results from the Quesnel Highland trial so that research results can effectively be applied to operations.

For further information, please contact Michaela Waterhouse, BC Ministry of Forests - Southern Interior Region (

Updated September 08, 2005 

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