In 2000, a draft mountain caribou Resource Management Zone (RMZ) was created in the Okanagan-Shuswap Forest District, based mostly on expert opinion because there was little empirical caribou data. This scale of caribou habitat management corresponds to the broader scale mentioned above. The RMZ was divided into 'winter range', and 'movement corridor' areas. The intention was to allocate 9,900 of timber harvesting landbase (THLB forest), greater than 140 yrs, within the 'winter range' area. This recommendation came from the Okanagan-Shuswap LRMP. The main goal of our work in 2005-06 was to implement the research gained since the Okanagan-Shuswap Caribou project began in 2000. The specific objectives were to: 1. Make suggested revisions to the Okanagan-Shuswap Caribou RMZ based on newly acquired caribou data. The original RMZ was delineated without the benefit of caribou radio-telemetry data. 2. Prepare GIS data layers to expand a published multivariate and multi-scale habitat model (see Apps et al. 2001) into the Okanagan-Shuswap Forest District. 3. Identify suggested areas for the deployment of fine-scale, stand-level mountain caribou retention zones (9,900 ha) in four landscape units (Eagle River, Anstey, Seymour, and Pukeashun).
Robert Serrouya, Bruce McLellan, Gary Pavan, Kelsey Furk and Clayton Apps.
Serrouya, Robert, McLellan, Bruce N.; Pavan, Gary; Furk, Kelsey; Apps, Clayton D.. 2006. Implementation of caribou research in the Okanagan-Shuswap Forest District. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2006MR214
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forest, Investment, Account, (FIA), Mountain, caribou, Habitat, British, Columbia
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