The Species at Risk Database Project is the development of a database application to identify Species at Risk (SAR) that occur within a particular TSA by Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification (BEC) variant. The objective of the database tool is to apply appropriate management at the stand level based on critical habitat requisites. Users can query the database for detailed species information as necessary, and produce field cards for each BEC variant summarizing only retention features necessary at the stand level. The BEC variant-driven database and associated field card do not put the onus on forestry practitioners to know and understand the habitat requirements of each Species at Risk in a given area.
The database is maintained on an annual basis, including addition of new Species at Risk as they are legislated by amendments to Schedule 1 of the Federal Species At Risk Act. As well, annual maintenance includes updates of any new habitat, range, or distribution information that may come available regarding Species at Risk already in the database. The database has provided a basis for identification of local information gaps in existing knowledge of individual species and thereby can contribute to prioritizing local Species at Risk inventory and research needs.
Appendix 1 shows a complete list of the Species At Risk that are included in the current SAR Database Vers. 2.7 for the Kamloops, Merritt, Lillooet, Okanagan, and Arrow TSAs. Appendix 2 shows the BEC variants that were applied in the current database version for each TSA; each TSA list is based on priority operational variants as per each licensee.
van Woudenberg, Astrid M.. 2009. Species at Risk (SAR) database. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2009MR117
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forest, Investment, Account, (FIA), British, Columbia
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