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Management Strategy for Mule Deer Winter Ranges in the Cariboo-Chilcotin Part 1a: Management Plan for Shallow and Moderate 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 2007. Hardcopy is available.


This document represents one part of a three-part package for planning timber harvesting on individual mule deer winter ranges in the shallow and moderate snowpack zones within the Cariboo-Chilcotin, British Columbia.

This Management Plan specifies long-term stand-level objectives for winter range management, including:
- harvesting to a basal area objective;
- managing at a minimum 30-year cutting cycle;
- harvesting within an opening size objective,
- designing skid trails to occupy a minimum percentage of cutblock area;
- promoting a clumpy stem distribution;
- promoting Douglas-fir at all phases of management; and
- harvesting in relation to micro-topography.

Harvesting opportunities in the transition period (1996-2026) are increased in comparison to the previous direction provided in the Mule Deer Strategy (1996).

Harvesting Opportunity Types are described in detail, including:
1. harvesting trees currently attacked by Douglas-fir bark beetle;
2. harvesting non-Douglas-fir trees in stands with <40% Douglas-fir;
3. harvesting non-Douglas-fir trees in stands with 40% or greater Douglas-fir;
4. commercial thinning-from-below;
5. single-tree selection system designed for mule deer winter habitat;
6. harvesting on wetter sites; and
7. harvesting on cool-aspect portions of specific winter ranges.

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Updated March 28, 2007