Ministry of Forests

Cariboo Region Research Section

Siliviculture Systems to Maintain Caribou Habitat in Mamaged British Columbia Forests

The clearcutting silviculture system that is typically used in the ranges of the two ecotypes of caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) in British Colombia is not compatible with maintaining their habitat. Stand-level habitat management objectives for caribou vary from one biogeoclimatic one to another because of differences in the forest resources used by caribou. Single tree and group selection systems are currently being tested, along with new approaches to clearcutting, as possible ways of integrating management for caribou habitat and timber. The various trials include assessments of the response of lichens to treatments, the responses of shrubs to treatments, the success of regeneration, use of the sites by caribou, and impacts on elements of biodiversity.

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