Silviculture Practices Branch

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Guidelines for maintaining biodiversity during juvenile spacing

Author(s) or contact(s): A. Park, L.D. McCulloch, and Laing and McCulloch Forest Management Services
Source: Silviculture Practices Branch
Subject: Biodiversity
Series: Silviculture
Other details:  Published 1993. Hardcopy is available.


The forests of British Columbia are home to a variety of plant and animal life that is unequalled elsewhere in Canada. To conserve the full variety of these plants and animals, their habitats in the forest must be considered during silvicultural operations such as juvenile spacing. This consideration is essential if we wish to continue to enjoy the wide variety of aesthetic and economic benefits that we currently derive from B.C.'s flora and fauna.

The following guidelines have been created in co-operation with the B.C. Ministry of Forests and the B.C. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks to ensure that:
- forest managers and workers are familiar with techniques that may be used to maintain or enhance biodiversity during juvenile spacing,
- biodiversity considerations are incorporated into spacing contracts.

As further experience and research provide fresh insights into the habitat requirements of B.C.'s plants and animals, these guidelines will be updated.

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Updated November 21, 2008