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Abstract of FII Project R2003-208

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Mineral Lick Habitat Supply Modeling

Author(s): Moreland, John (Slocan Forest Products)
Subject: Forestry, Wildlife
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program

Abstract

We propose the development and preliminary application of a conceptual, Neticać -based mineral lick habitat model to address concerns of habitat supply and alternative mineral sources for mountain goat (Oreamnus americanus) populations impacted by forest harvesting. In the context of applied forest research, modeling is first used to formalize relationships and hypotheses about a key resource management issue that is rooted in policy (or, as in the case of mountain goats, a lack of policy to support management direction). This is the initial step in developing a formal, comprehensive Mountain Goat Habitat Supply Model that will contribute to a 5 year (2002-2007) mountain goat study in the Mackenzie Timber Supply Area. The intent is to develop methods that can be used to create operational models and field tests for use in the sustainable management of mountain goats and their habitat within the Ospika valley and throughout the Mackenzie Timber Supply Area (TSA). These operational models will link mountain goat and habitat monitoring information, forest development planning, and forest management activities, and are intended to be used by personnel within the planning departments of industrial stakeholders, as well as by government agencies.


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