Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FII Project R2003-181

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Defining Effective Wildlife Habitat Areas for Tailed Frogs in British Columbia

Author(s): Chatwin, Trudy (BC Ministry of Water, Land, and Air Protection)
Subject: Biodiversity, Policy, Wildlife
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program


The project team of a MWLAP Rare and Endangered Species Biologist (Trudy Chatwin), consulting firm ESSA Technologies Limited (Leonardo Frid), and geomorphologic and amphibian specialists (Pierre Friele and Linda Dupuis) worked previously to design a map-based model that systematically selected Tailed Frog Wildlife Habitat Areas (WHA's) in Port McNeill Forest District. Field work is required to verify Tailed Frog presence and suitable habitat in order to create a system of Wildlife Habitat Areas that will sustain Tailed Frogs in this district. The team proposes to complete sampling of 32 potential WHA sites in Port McNeill Forest District. This will allow statistical testing of the habitat model, refine habitat selection criteria to refine the Tailed Frog IWMS account and lead to the creation of Tailed Frog WHA?s throughout Port McNeill Forest District. The creation of Tailed Frog Wildlife Habitat Areas will ensure sustainability of this species-at-risk and lead to increased certainty in forest development planning.

For further information, please contact Trudy Chatwin, BC Ministry of Water, Land, and Air Protection (

Updated September 08, 2005 

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