The Biodiversity Monitoring for the Prince George Timber Supply Area project, which began in 2004/05, was designed to develop a protocol utilizing existing data to assess the utility of selected biodiversity indicators as quantitative measures of sustainability on the management. In particular, the Biodiversity Monitoring for the Prince George Timber Supply Area project intents to measure the ?Biological Diversity/Ecosystem Diversity? Criterion. The Landscape Objectives Working Group (LOWG), with representation from the Integrated Land Management Bureau (ILMB), the Ministry of Forests and Range (MFR) and timber licensees (organized as the Licensee Landscape Objectives Working Group (LLOWG)), developed landscape biodiversity objectives for the Prince George TSA [Vanderhoof Defined Forest Area Sustainable Forest Management Plan, 2006]. The following biodiversity indicators were chosen:
-Old Forest Retention
-Old Interior Forest Retention
-Young Forest Patch Size Distribution
The efforts of the LOWG culminated with the creation of the Order Establishing Landscape Biodiversity Objectives for the Prince George Timber Supply Area (Order), which became effective on October 20 2004. At the same time, the LOWG provided a companion document Implementation Policy, which provides detailed technical directions on how the indicators are to be measured. This document, which is not legally binding, was last revised in December 2005. Together, the Order and the Implementation Policy provide the legal framework for the Biodiversity Monitoring for the Prince George Timber Supply Area project(s). The intended outcome of the Biodiversity Monitoring for the Prince George Timber Supply Area project is to provide guidance as to the effectiveness of the protocol, as well as a set of resultant maps and reports for each selected indicator for the Prince George, Vanderhoof & Fort St. James Forest Districts. These results will provide a baseline for evaluating what priorities, strategies, tactics and possible best management practices may be necessary to achieve the goals and objectives in the Prince George, Vanderhoof & Fort St. James Forest Districts. It also represents the first step in establishing credible approaches to scenario design, forecasting and monitoring as part of an adaptive management program [Project Work Plan FIA Project, 2006].
Forest Ecosystem Solutions Ltd.. 2008. LOWG 2007-08 Biodiversity Monitoring and Mapping in the Prince George Timber Supply Area. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2008MR420
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forest, Investment, Account, (FIA), British, Columbia
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