In this project we developed a rationale and associated benchmarks for the interpretation of habitat supply projections. We also developed a rationale and methods for interpreting the projections simultaneously and in relation to projections for other indicators of the biological richness criterion. There are several recommendations arising from this project: 1. Benchmarks should be compared with independent field data available from other studies or new data collected in ecosystem reserves. 2. Habitat supply analyses should be revised to address inconsistencies uncovered during the development of benchmarks. 3. Riparian ecosystems and pure deciduous stands should be considered reserves and contribute to the representation of ecosystem in an unmanaged state (indicator 1). 4. Habitat supply risk forecasts should be integrated with ecosystem representation risk forecasts to indicate overall projected trends in biodiversity values. 5. The contribution of ecosystem reserves (e.g., parks, old-growth management areas) needs to be considered in risk calculations. 6. Management strategies for mixed hardwood stands and patch size characteristics should be addressed in operational plans and monitored.
prepared by Christoph Steeger and Steven F. Wilson.
Steeger, Christoph, Wilson, Steven F.. 2005. Recommendations for preliminary benchmarks and interpretation of habitat supply forecasts: Boundary TSA. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2005MR225