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A Field Guide to Ecosystem Classification and Identification for Southeast British Columbia

Author(s) or contact(s): Deb MacKillop, Audrey Ehman, Kristi Iverson, and Evan McKenzie
Source: Forests, Lands, and NR Operations
Subject: Ecosystems
Series: Land Management Handbook
Other details:  Published 2018. Hardcopy is available.
 

Abstract

This field guide presents site classification and identification information for ecosystems of the East Kootenay in the Kootenay-Boundary Region of British Columbia. It replaces LMH 20 (Braumandl and Curran 1992) for the areas it covers and provides an entirely new forest and non-forest site classification for existing and newly mapped biogeoclimatic subzones/variants. 

The new classifications and mapping provide important baseline ecological conditions for natural resource conservation and management, including forestry, the environmental assessment process, and assessing potential effects of climate change, and the cumulative effects of management activities.

The field guide is being released with a new provincial biogeoclimatic ecosystem map for British Columbia (BEC version 11).  Changes to mapping cover the areas described in the field guide and apply to the Selkirk and Rocky Mountain Resource Districts in the Kootenay-Boundary Region.

Abstract for Temporary Supplement to Land Management Handbook 71 – Two Biogeoclimatic Subzones/Variants in the Golden–Invermere TSAs

This web-based document provides site classification and ecosystem information for two subzones/variants in the Golden Timber Supply Area of the Selkirk District and the Invermere Timber Supply Area of the Rocky Mountain District. The information will be published at a later date as part of A Field Guide to Ecosystem Classification and Identification for Southeast British Columbia: the North Columbia Mountains.

This temporary supplement includes site classification and ecosystem information for:

  • ICHmk5 (previously ICHmk4)
  • ESSFmm3 (previously ESSFwm)

Users can consult LMH 71 for information on the BEC system, how to use the tools in this temporary supplement, and for descriptions of non-forested ecosystems.

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Download Temporary Supplement to Land Management Handbook 71 (3704 KB)

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Updated July 24, 2018