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Report: Northern Caribou Post-Fire Lichen Habitat Restoration Work Summary Reports (2015-2016) PF16-W30, PEA-F17-W-1223

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On February 20, 2015, the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program board provided Seed funding for the Tsay Keh Dene Nation to further develop the PF16-W30 Northern Caribou Post-Fire Lichen Habitat Restoration project design.

Author:  Rapai, S

Old Reference Number:  PF16-W30 PEA-F17-W-1223

Old Reference System:  FWCP Fish Wildlife Compensation Program Peace

Report ID:  50818

Audience:  Government and Public

This was the first phase in a collaborative restoration program aimed at establishing terrestrial lichen communities within the Tenakihi/Mesilinka fire boundaries. A field trial was established within the 2014 Mesilinka Forest Fire, in a Northern Caribou Ungulate Winter Range (UWR) Polygon (U7-007 Unit 7b-002) designated under the Forests and Range Practice Act. This first phase was a one-year pilot project in which our team evaluated varying techniques for the establishment of terrestrial lichen communities under post fire conditions. After reviewing the literature it was determined that several techniques have been used to establish terrestrial lichen communities in environments ranging from early successional forest (Roturier and Bergsten, 2009; Duncan, 2011) and clearcuts (Roturier et al., 2007), to post mine conditions (Campeau, 2013; Hugron et al., 2013). In order to increase the experience of the parties involved, provide clear cost estimates for a larger restoration program, and to alleviate concerns raised by the Technical Review Committee and First Nations Working Group of the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, our team carried out a field trial in summer 2015. While the Seed funding helped to support phase 1 of this program, the field work was largely made possible through in kind support from Tsay Keh Dene Lands Resources and Treaty Operations, Duncan McColl of FLNRO and Chu Cho Environmental.

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  Terrestrial Information
  Region - Peace
  Terrestrial Information - Restoration
  Vegetation - Plant Ecology

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