The Species at Risk (SAR) Database is a site-series based management tool developed specifically for the Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification (BEC) variants within a particular Timber Supply Area (TSA); this report documents the results of that process for the Kamloops TSA. The key functions of the database are 1) to alert forest planners and operators of the potential locations of Species at Risk (SAR) within specific BEC variants, within a TSA of interest, and 2) to provide habitat management guides specific to that particular variant within the selected TSA. The potential occurrence of a SAR within a particular variant is established through the identification of that species habitat capability (terrain) and suitability (forest cover or grassland characteristics, depending on the species). If the unique suite of requisite features are present, the management tool provides the user with a set of cover features that should be retained and how (partial cut vs. clearcut with reserves, WTP or reserve design, access development, etc). In the 2005-06 fiscal year, the database was expanded to cover BEC variants across the entire Kamloops TSA. Expansion to the entire TSA resulted in a 90% increased area contribution to the 2004-05 database. The expansion involved adding the new BEC variants and populating the database with additional SAR, as well as extending the existing SAR entries to the new BEC variants, where relevant. SAR included in the database in 2005-06 were those specified by the Federal government Species At Risk Act (SARA) Schedule 1, as well as the Provincial governments Identified Wildlife Management Strategy (IWMS 2004) and Section 7 Notices, under the provincial legislation, Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA). Only Mountain Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) are not included because the existing management committee under the Kamloops LRMP (Land and Resource Management Plan) provides guidelines for relevant licensee operations.
prepared by Astrid M. van Woudenberg.
van Woudenberg,, M., Astrid. 2006. Kamloops TSA species at risk (SAR) database: project 2005-06 Year 2 final report. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program. Forest Investment Account Report
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forest, Investment, Account, (FIA), Endangered, Species, British, Columbia
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