The Licensee Landscape Objectives Working Group (LLOWG) for the Prince George Timber Supply Area (PG TSA) has established specific biodiversity objectives in order to incorporate government directives with regard to old forest and old interior forest retention. As a result of the establishment of these objectives, a risk assessment of old forest retention and old interior forest retention per natural disturbance unit (NDU)/merged biogeoclimatic (merged BEC) unit within the PG TSA was undertaken. Of the 49 merged BEC units assessed, it was determined that recruitment strategies would be undertaken on 17 units as the objectives were at risk of not being met in these units. This document contains a summary of the risk assessment completed on each NDU/merged BEC unit for the PG TSA and the 17 draft recruitment strategies for those units deemed to be at risk of not achieving their old forest and/or old interior forest retention objectives. The individual draft recruitment strategies for each of those NDU/merged BEC units is attached to this document. This document is part of an ongoing process, with several merged BEC units requiring additional input from Licensees. The strategies should be considered draft at this time with the intent that the Licensees operating within each merged BEC unit will finalize and sign off these strategies in the near future. Unlike spatial Old Growth Management Areas that do not move over time, the recruitment strategies developed in this document are aspatial in nature. This approach facilitates flexibility and professional judgment in determining how Licensees will meet the old forest objectives. This means representative old forest may move and change over time, provided the Licensees are accountable in meeting their obligation. By drafting the objectives in an aspatial context, more time, effort and coordination is required by Licensees. However, this additional effort results in more flexibility and provides effective strategies that meet landscape level biodiversity objectives.
prepared by Avison Management Services Ltd.
Avison Management Services Ltd.. 2007. Risk assessment and recruitment strategy for old forest retention and old interior forest in the Prince George timber supply area. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2007MR137