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 main goal is to retain arboreal forage lichens, while extracting timber, achieving 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 as it affects over 53,000 ha of critical wintering habitat. The project continues to produce many short-term deliverables to facilitate resource management. Over the past year work has focused on consolidating research data from previous years into reports (stand structure dynamics, natural regeneration ingress, planted stock, snow dynamics, and small mammals) for various venues. The tenth year field data was collected and summarized for lichen, windthrow, natural regeneration and planted stock. Extension activities include: maintaining a demonstration trail, conducting two tours for education institutes, updating the FERNS website, and presenting a poster at SISCO and Stewards of the Cariboo venues.
Waterhouse, Michaela J.. 2004. Group selection systems to maintain caribou habitat in high elevation forests (ESSFwc3) in central BC: FII forest research program 2003/04 annual progress report. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2004MR182