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A survey of the protected status of conifers in British Columbia: in situ gene conservation

Author(s) or contact(s): D.T. Lester and A.D. Yanchuk
Source: Research Branch
Subject: Tree Improvement and Genetics
Series: Research Report
Other details:  Published 1996. Hardcopy is available.


Important forest tree genetic resources require a management strategy where in situ (in the natural location) and ex situ (out of the natural location) conservation techniques may be employed. This survey documents the protected status of 23 conifer tree species in current in situ land reserves in British Columbia. It also outlines the rationale and approach for determining the protection level that may be needed for in situ gene conservation.

In general, the 23 native conifers are well represented in current provincial and national parks, and ecological reserves. However, for a few species information is very limited. For example, some problems are present with undifferentiated inventory data. Information is typically scanty on the estimated number of stems in each reserve but the estimates are often in excess of requirements for genetic sampling.

This survey will need to be updated and modified as additional protected areas are established in the province and inventory data for these protected areas are improved. This will be particularly important for species that have inadequately protected populations.

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Updated October 24, 2008