This is an ongoing, long-term experimental trial to develop alternative silvicultural systems in northern caribou habitat. Under the Cariboo-Chilcotin Land Use Plan, northern caribou are considered a key management species and under the federal Species at Risk Act they are designated as threatened (within SMNEA). The goal of this project is to develop and test silvicultural systems that maintain caribou habitat, including terrestrial and arboreal forage lichens, while extracting timber, achieving regeneration and maintaining biodiversity. Research is required to continue on this project to provide a sound scientific basis for the ?modified harvesting options? under the Cariboo-Chilcotin Land Use Plan. Over 181,000 ha of caribou winter range will be available for ?modified harvesting?. Short-term deliverables are used to support and update the CCLUP Northern Caribou Strategy on an annual basis. In 2003-2004, reports were completed on windthrow, natural regeneration ingress, planted stock, and micro-climate. These reports are in various stages en route to publication. Data were collected for year 7 in the planted stock trial and the lichen in the pilot block trial. The climate stations and the permanent sample plots were maintained. A successful field tour was held in October.
Waterhouse, Michaela J.. 2004. FII Forest Research Program 2003/04 annual progress report: silvicultural systems to maintain northern caribou habitat in lodgepole pine forests in central BC. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2004MR187