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Results of fungal inoculation treatments as a habitat enhancement tool in the East Kootenay region of British Columbia: 2007-2013

Author(s) or contact(s): E.T. Manning and I.A. Manley
Source: Forests, Lands, and NR Operations
Subject: Biodiversity, Wildlife Trees
Series: Extension Note
Other details:  Published 2014. Hardcopy is available.


Wildlife trees provide critical nesting, denning, roosting, and feeding habitat for more than 70 species of birds, mammals, and amphibians in British Columbia, including some species that are considered at risk provincially and federally. Depending on the age, condition, and disturbance type and history of the forested landscape, wildlife trees can be in short supply in some areas. This is the case in parts of the Columbia River valley in the East Kootenay region of British Columbia, where wildlife tree enhancement treatments using inoculation with native heart rot decay fungi and mechanical stem modifications, have been conducted since 2007 to increase local habitat supply. Thirteen properties in this region that are managed by several partners for ecosystem restoration, biological diversity conservation, and wildlife habitat maintenance or enhancement were selected for wildlife tree treatments using fungal inoculation between 2007 and 2013. Recommendations for improving the efficacy and application of fungal inoculation and mechanical stem modifications as a useful wildlife habitat enhancement tool are discussed.

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Updated December 19, 2014