This report provides a framework to monitor components of biodiversity in Finger Tatuk Provincial Park as well as monitoring protocols for priority resource values focusing on lake fisheries. The proposed monitoring plan has been developed in response to concerns related to increased logging activities and road access in close proximity to the protected area, particularly along the southern park boundary. The overall intent of the monitoring plan is to determine the effectiveness of management strategies designed to achieve ecosystem management goals and objectives both within the park as well as areas outside the park that exert an influence on ecological integrity. A conceptual framework is provided outlining the approach and steps necessary to develop a monitoring plan including the selection of monitoring indicators. A broad range of prospective monitoring indicators and measures were evaluated for their potential application in the monitoring program. Selecting appropriate indicators and developing monitoring protocols for all biodiversity components, however, was not possible due to the general lack of existing information for many resource values. Consequently, the need for completing baseline inventories is emphasized to establish baseline conditions required for monitoring change over time. Indicators selected to monitor fisheries resources were generally inexpensive, easy to implement, and relevant (e.g., angler success) but were not considered strongly reliable as a direct measure of the health or status of fish stocks. It has therefore been recommended that several indicators be used in assessing change and more rigorous methods be employed if a negative trend is identified. Specific fisheries related monitoring protocols are provided as well as an implementation schedule for various monitoring activities including baseline surveys. In addition, the challenges associated with monitoring road access and human use is briefly discussed as well as recommendations to improve the development and implementation of future monitoring plans.
Triton Environmental Consultants. 2003. Finger-Tatuk Provincial Park monitoring plan framework and protocols. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2003MR031
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: biodiversity, monitoring
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