Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FII Project R04-028

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Silvicultural systems to maintain northern caribou habitat in lodgepole pine forests in central BC

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


This is an ongoing, long-term experimental trial to develop alternative silvicultural systems in northern caribou habitat. Under the Cariboo-Chilcotin Land Use Plan, northern caribou are considered a key management species and under the federal Species at Risk Act they are designated as threatened (within SMNEA). The goal of this project is to develop and test silvicultural systems that maintain caribou habitat, including terrestrial and arboreal forage lichens, while extracting timber, achieving regeneration and maintaining biodiversity. Research is required to continue on this project to provide a sound scientific basis for the 'modified harvesting options' under the Cariboo-Chilcotin Land Use Plan. Over 181,000 ha of caribou winter range will be available for 'modified harvesting'. Short-term deliverables are used to support and update the CCLUP Northern Caribou Strategy on an annual basis. This experimental trial has made possible and is needed to support an adaptive management trial and operational implementation

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

Updated September 08, 2005 

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