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Management Strategy for Mule Deer Winter Ranges in the Cariboo-Chilcotin Part 1b: Management Plan for Transition and Deep Snowpack Zones

Author(s) or contact(s): R.J. Dawson, H.M. Armleder, B. Bings, and D. Peel
Source: Research Branch
Subject: Wildlife Ecology
Series: Land Management Handbook
Other details:  Published 2006. Hardcopy is available.


This document is Part 1b of a set of information required for planning timber harvesting on individual mule deer winter ranges in the transition and deep snowpack zones within the Cariboo-Chilcotin, British Columbia. This plan sets out standlevel objectives and strategies for these winter ranges. The second set of information, the long-term spatial objectives maps for each winter range, is briefly described here but will be accessed through a Web site documented in this report.

This plan provides objectives and strategies for managing winter range habitat, including:

- road access planning and management;
- stand age structure for the stand mosaic created by group selection;
- tree species composition for winter range stands;
- size and distribution of harvest openings within the context of a group selection silviculture system; and
- spatial planning of group selection harvest treatments.

This plan has been developed following years of research and consultation. The objectives and strategies presented are compatible with the Cariboo-
Chilcotin Land Use Plan (CCLUP) and forest management directions, including the CCLUP Integration Report (1998) and the Identified Wildlife Management
Strategy (1999). The winter ranges boundaries were legally designated in 2004 under Government Action Regulations, and General Wildlife Measures for mule deer winter ranges are being prepared based on this report.

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Updated April 26, 2007