The project delivers a decision-support tool that integrates major indicators of biodiversity in a scientifically credible and publicly acceptable fashion for a large area in the East Kootenays. To help ensure scientific credibility, the project incorporates field data for two disparate groups of organisms: songbirds and lichens. These groups were selected to help ensure requisite breadth in the tool?s treatment of biodiversity. This project has important management implications in the forest industry because it is designed to:
1) Provide a credible, integrated measure of success in sustaining biodiversity in managed forests.
2) Provide an analytical tool that permits integration of economic values and ecological values.
3) Provide a tool that facilitates exploration of different approaches to forest planning and their consequences to ecological and economic values.
Fred L. Bunnell.
Bunnell, Fred L.. 2006. A species accounting system to integrate indicators of biological diversity. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2006MR284