The coastal grizzly bear/silviculture guidelines have been implemented for over two years now, and the first field assessments are expected to be completed by the latter part of 1995. Conducting on-the-ground operations requires a high degree of cooperation between the Forest Service, BC Environment, and participating forest companies. The cooperation to date has been good, with several forest companies and Forest Service Districts actively participating in ongoing projects.

Mother grizzly and cub

The process to fully integrate coastal grizzly bear habitat requirements with silviculture operations is still in the early stages of development. Nevertheless, Tony Hamilton is optimistic over the future prospects.

Mother grizzly and cub

"Through a combination of protecting critically-important forage areas, maintaining forage on harvested sites, and restoring forage on reforested sites, we can help ensure the survival of the coastal grizzly. But that's not all--the increase in biodiversity that will occur under the guidelines will benefit many other wildlife species as well. And, what's more, the entire process is compatible with commercial forestry."

Ted Nash is also enthusiastic over the guidelines and how they might contribute to improved forest stewardship in British Columbia. "I would like to see this adaptive approach to grizzly habitat management serve as a showpiece for how we can successfully integrate wildlife requirements with forestry operations."

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