Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FII Project R04-059

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Mountain Goat Habitat Supply Modeling: Developing an Operational Tool for Sustainable Forest Management Planning

Author(s): McNay, Scott (Slocan Forest Products Ltd.)
Subject: Forestry, Integrated resource management, Silviculture/Forest Management Systems, Technology/GIS/Modeling/Remote Sensing, Wildlife
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program


This project continues development of an existing mountain goat habitat supply model (Goat HSM; previously funded by FII). We intend to assess the effectiveness of Goat HSM as a predictive tool, and evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of implementing Goat HSM as an operational planning tool. Project design is based on collaboration amongst diverse stakeholders. The results will serve resource managers and planners, and are expected to provide measurable progress toward a) validation and calibration of the model, b) developing standards for demonstrating due diligence and accountability in Forest Stewardship Plan submissions, and c) developing innovative policies and improved standards for establishing adaptive management strategies that balance timber supply and mountain goat habitat needs. The long-term goal is to develop a useful operational planning tool at the Forest Stewardship Plan level, and contribute toward developing adaptive management strategies that can be applied to other geographic areas

For further information, please contact Scott McNay, Slocan Forest Products Ltd. (

Updated September 08, 2005 

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