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Coastal montane biodiversity

Author(s) or contact(s): BC Ministry of Forests - Research Branch
Source: Research Branch
Subject: Biodiversity
Series: Brochure
Other details:  Published 1998. Hardcopy is available.


The Coastal Montane Biodiversity Project is a comprehensive, integrated study of biodiversity in the high-elevation forests of coastal British Columbia. The general goal of the project is to provide foresters and biologists with new information concerning biodiversity as an aid to making the management decisions necessary for long-term health and sustainability of coastal montane ecosystems. Biodiversity is studied through an integrated approach to inventory, research, and adaptive management.

Some goals for the project include:
- Establishing lines of extension directly from researchers to resource managers.
- Modifying or creating policies or guidelines to better conserve and manage biodiversity.
- Providing training and experience through universities and colleges.
- Using data collected for multiple purposes.

Four critical issues facing forest management in British Columbia provided the impetus for studying biodiversity in coastal montane ecosystems:
- Depletion of timber in low-elevation forests, and consequent increase in timber extraction at higher elevations.
- Implementation of the Forest Practices Code.
- Lack of knowledge about higher-elevation forests and how they and the species in them respond to management actions.
- Increased criticism from society about how forests are managed.

Funding for the Internet version was provided by Forest Renewal BC.

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Updated October 16, 2008