Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FII Project R2003-222

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Amphibian Populations as Indicators of Forest Ecosystems and Recovery from Forest Harvesting of Riparian Areas in a Coastal Forest

Author(s): Richardson, John (University of British Columbia)
Subject: Biodiversity, Biology, Ecology, Forestry, Wildlife
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program

Abstract

Amphibians are effective and sensitive indicators of forest harvesting effects and riparian forest condition, on an appropriate scale for operational forestry. From spring 1997 to autumn 2000 (about 6 months each year) we studied amphibian populations from before to after forest harvesting at six riparian sites (2 controls, 2 with 30 m reserves, 2 with clearcut to streamside) in coastal forest (CWHdm1). We propose to continue monitoring populations at these sites for two months each autumn for impacts and recovery. The time series will show recovery of wildlife from forest harvesting, and the effectiveness of riparian reserves in promoting recovery.


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