The Species at Risk (SAR) Database is a site-series based management tool developed specifically for the Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification (BEC) variants within a particular Timber Supply Area (TSA). The key functions of the database are:
1) to alert forest planners and operators of the potential occurrence of Species at Risk (SAR) within specific BEC variants, within a TSA of interest, and
2) to provide habitat management guides specific to that particular variant within the selected TSA.
Automated in MS Access, the SAR database has been structured to provide both detailed information for office use and summarized management information in the form of a field card. The field card provides both the identifier features for a particular variant, and a management guide for each SAR. The potential occurrence of a SAR within a particular variant is established through the identification of that species? habitat capability (terrain) and suitability (forest cover or grassland characteristics, depending on the species). If the unique suite of requisite features indicated on the field card are present, the indicated management guide is then followed, directing the user with a set of cover features that should be retained and how (partial cut vs clearcut with reserves, WTP or reserve design, access development, etc), where possible. To date, the database has been expanded to include BEC variants in the Kamloops, Merritt, Okanagan, Lillooet, and Arrow TSAs. The entire Kamloops TSA and most of the Okanagan, Merritt, and Lillooet TSAs are represented in the database; 4 variants within the Arrow TSA are included. Expanding the database has involved adding new variants and populating the database with any additional SAR relevant to those variants, as well as expanding relevant entries for existing SAR to where they occur in the added variants.
Forsite Consultants Ltd., van Woudenberg, Astrid M.; Bragg, Michael P.; Kennett, Robert; Cascadia Natural Resource Consultants Inc.; Tolko Industries Ltd.. 2008. SAR database. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2008MR307
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forest, Investment, Account, (FIA), British, Columbia
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