This report summarizes preliminary results of biodiversity investigations of pine stands. Research was conducted on relationships between forest structure and the presence of selected wildlife taxa. In July 2006, study sites were established across managed forest landscapes of the Fort St. James and Vanderhoof Forest Districts. The study focused on lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta var. latifolia) leading stands that had been impacted by mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins) to varying degrees. In total, 32 study sites representing young, intermediate, and mature forest stands as well as wildlife tree patches were studied. Forest stand structure, plant species community composition, coarse woody debris volumes and qualities, small mammal diversity and abundance as well as the presence of owls were assessed. Further surveys are anticipated on small mammal, songbird and woodpecker populations in the spring of 2007.
prepared by Manning, Cooper and Associates Ltd.
Manning, Cooper and Associates Ltd.. 2007. Biodiversity investigations of pine stands in the Prince George Timber Supply Area. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program. Forest Investment Account Report