Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. (Gormans) initiated the development of a Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) report for the upper portion of the Trout Creek Community watershed that incorporates an assessment of watershed condition and past restoration sites, and identifies the opportunities for possible future restoration plans. The management unit includes the Residual 2 Above Intake, Residual Above Thirsk, and the Lost Chain Creek, Camp Creek sub-basins (refer to Figure 1). This SFM report integrates hydrologic, terrain stability, and fisheries overview assessments to establish the watershed condition. Through the integration of terrain and fisheries information with hydrology information, the focus moves from a hydrology based report to one that incorporates three key non-timber components of the ecosystem: water, terrain, and fish. The objectives of this report are as follows: Integrate the results of hydrology, geotechnical, and fisheries overview assessments into one report, based on the results of previous assessments (e.g. IWAPs, TSFAs, Fish Inventories, etc.) plus recent field investigations conducted in October 2005; Establish the watershed condition based on hazard levels for various disturbance indicators; Outline the fisheries and water supply values in the watershed; Conduct a risk assessment for future watershed condition; Review the status of past watershed restoration activities; and identify watershed restoration opportunities based on the watershed condition (i.e. hazard and risk levels). A watershed condition map has been prepared that includes: Current watershed condition based on the integration of fisheries values, terrain sensitivity, and hydrologic sensitivity. Overview terrain zones, sub-basins, and reach breaks.
Dobson Engineering Ltd., Sitkum Consulting Ltd., Columbia Environmental Consulting Ltd.