Our objective was to evaluate the degree to which non-vertebrate species could be assigned to groups within the Species Accounting System (SAS) developed for TFL6 Bunnell et al. 2009b). That accounting system facilitates evaluation of forest practices, so ability to assign non-vertebrate species to groups within it would be helpful. Seven groups of non-vertebrates were examined: vascular plants, butterflies, odonates, carabid beetles, liverworts, mosses, and lichens. Evaluation of vascular plants was limited to those red- or blue-listed or assigned priority 1 and 2 within SARCOs (Provincial Conservation Framework) due to time constraints. Unlike some non-vertebrate groups, there is abundant data for vascular plants and for this progress report time had to be distributed across seven groups. Fungi and the many other non-vertebrates were not thoroughly addressed due to both limitations on time available and generally poorer knowledge on how some non-vertebrate groups respond to habitat elements and forest types. For some non-vertebrates, such as vascular plants, we noted where ranges were specific to northern versus southern Vancouver Island or the mainland coast. For butterflies, the information presented applies coast wide. Ranges for mosses and lichens are provincial, but we hope to become more specific next year by using Trevor Gowards work (in prep) to specify lichens found on the coast. The comments below briefly report progress on each group and summarise assignments to species accounting groups that are detailed in the attached appendices. The comments also indicate where more work could be done on these groups to complete or improve assignment to monitoring groups.
Kremsater, Laurie L., Bunnell, Fred L.. 2009. Species Accounting System 2008. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program. Forest Investment Account Report
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forest, Investment, Account, (FIA), British, Columbia
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