Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FIA Project 22808001

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Wildlife-habitat relationships and species of vertebrates at risk in operation areas of Slocan's divisions

Author(s): Houde, Isabelle; Squires, Kelly A.; Bunnell, Fred L.; Campbell, Wayne
Imprint: B.C. : Slocan Forest Products Ltd., 2004
Subject: Forest Investment Account (FIA), Endangered Species, British Columbia
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program - Innovative


We examined 81 species of vertebrates (terrestrial and aquatic) that are Red- or Blue-listed by the Conservation Data Centre in British Columbia, and that are known to occur and breed or potentially breed in areas where Slocan Forest Products operates in the interior of the province. Habitat requirements, vulnerabilities to forest practices, and local and global distributions are outlined for each species. Species summaries were produced using the information readily available through the Conservation Data Centre, and by updating this information with records from the Wildlife Data Centre, recent local studies, and consultations with experts. Each species was also ranked into categories of stewardship responsibility according to portion of global population or range in British Columbia. In this report, we proposed and demonstrated a predictive mapping process to project species distributions and breeding ranges to facilitate the design of model-based inferences for monitoring purposes. To do so, we used the extensive databases established at the Wildlife Data Centre in Victoria. Biogeoclimatic variant level projections were produced for three species: Black-throated Green Warbler, Broad-winged Hawk, and Lewis' Woodpecker. Mapping standards were developed by the Centre for Wildlife Studies in Victoria, and are currently under review by the BC Ministry of Water, Land, and Air Protection, to be established as the provincial standards. Information was summarized in a local context and presented in a format that can easily be used by forestry managers. The result is a tool that will help forest managers with strategic and tactical planning. It establishes current local knowledge on species, and identifies potential issues at the local level that will help managers set conservation and monitoring priorities
Isabelle Houde...[et. al].

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