Under the Cariboo-Chilcotin Land Use Plan, mountain caribou are considered a key management species and under the federal Species at Risk Act they are designated as threatened. The objective of this long-term project, established in 1990, is to develop and test group selection silvicultural systems to maintain mountain caribou habitat. The project will continue to produce many deliverables to facilitate resource management. The main goal is to retain arboreal forage lichens, while extracting timber, achieving acceptable regeneration, maintaining biodiversity and assessing implications to peak streamflow. Continued research is required to provide a sound scientific basis for the modified harvesting options under the Cariboo-Chilcotin Land Use Plan (1995) as it affects over 53,000 ha of critical wintering habitat.
Province of British Columbia. 2005. Group selection silvicultural systems to maintain caribou habitat in high elevation forests (ESSFwc3) in central BC: annual technical report 2004/05. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report