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Field Manual for Describing Terrestrial Ecosystems

Author(s) or contact(s): BC Ministry of Environment Lands and Parks and BC Ministry of Forests - Research Branch
Source: Research Branch
Subject: Ecosystems
Series: Land Management Handbook
Other details:  Published 1998. Hardcopy is available.


This version has been replaced by the Second Edition.

Previous versions of this document are available at:
1980 - LMR007 (PDF file 8.81mb)
1990 - MR074 (PDF file 12.3mb)

This manual has been prepared to assist field surveyors in the completion of the Ecosystem Field Forms, including site, soil, vegetation, mensuration, wildlife habitat assessment, tree attributes for wildlife, and coarse woody debris data forms. These are a series of forms for the collection of ecological data in British Columbia.

The field manual is organized by section - one for each data form. The forms, as a package, are called Ecosystem Field Forms (FS882). The forms can be ordered from Government Publications (1-800-663-6105) and are numbered as follows:
Site Description FS882(1) SITE
Soil Description FS882(2) SOIL
Vegetation FS882(3) VEG
Mensuration FS882(4) MENS
Wildlife Habitat Assessment FS882(5) WHA
Tree Attributes for Wildlife FS882(6) TAW
Coarse Woody Debris FS882(7) CWD
References REF
Ground Inspection FS212(2) - included as an insert- GIF

The forms are designed to be used in various inventories, e.g., ecosystem classification, terrestrial ecosystem mapping, and wildlife habitat assessment. Not all the data fields on all the forms will be completed on every sample plot. Rather, project objectives will determine which forms and fields need to be completed. Likewise, project objectives will determine where and how plots are located.

Download Land Management Handbook 25 PDF file (complete document) (990 KB)

Cover, Preface, Table of Contents (download in sections) (36 KB)

Site Description FS882(1) (235 KB)

Soil Description FS882(2) (241 KB)

Vegetation FS882(3) (171 KB)

Mensuration FS882(4) (211 KB)

Wildlife Habitat Assessment FS882(5) (140 KB)

Tree Attributes for Wildlife FS882(6) (85 KB)

Coarse Woody Debris FS882(7) (142 KB)

References (86 KB)

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Updated March 02, 2011