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 Itcha-Ilgachuz is currently the largest caribou herd in British Columbia. The purpose of this project is to develop and test silvicultural systems that maintain caribou habitat, specifically terrestrial and arboreal forage lichens, while extracting timber. Other parts of the research trial have focused on regeneration (planting and natural ingress), commercial mushrooms, breeding birds, microclimate, and long-term site productivity. 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 and West Central Caribou Recovery Implementation Group.
Waterhouse, Michaela J., Armleder, Harold M.; Chapman, Bill K.; Wei, Adam. 2006. Silvicultural systems to maintain northern caribou habitat in lodgepole pine forests in central BC: executive summary 2005/06. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2006MR279