Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FII Project R04-049

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Testing guidelines and implications of intensive forest management on grizzly bears

Author(s): McLellan, Bruce (BC Ministry of Forests)
Subject: Forestry, Integrated resource management, Wildlife
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program


Grizzly bears are a very high profile species and integrating their requirements within intensively managed forested landscapes is a significant challenge and under intense public and professional scrutiny - locally, nationally, and internationally. This project capitalizes on 25 continuous years of research that has radio monitored >140 different grizzly bears to: 1) compare grizzly bear habitat use, behaviour and population characteristics during the first pass of timber harvesting and a major gas exploration program (1978-1985), the period between timber harvesting (1986-1999), and during second pass of timber harvest (2000-2006), 2) test grizzly bear avalanche chute management guidelines, 3) work with managers to implement results into the various scales of land-use planning and development plus continue to publish in peer-reviewed journals and in conference proceedings and maintaining a high profile on international committees and groups such as the IUCN bear specialist group and the International Association for Bear Research and Management.

For further information, please contact Bruce McLellan, BC Ministry of Forests - Research Branch (

Updated September 08, 2005 

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