In March 1998, Innovative Forestry Practices Agreements (IFPA) were signed by the five major licensees operating in the Merritt Timber Supply Area (TSA). The agreements provided a unique opportunity for licensees to develop innovative sustainable forest management practices in return for increases in Annual Allowable Cut (AAC). The licensees, along with the Nicola Tribal Association (NTA), Upper Similkameen Indian Band, and BC Timber Sales formed the Nicola-Similkameen Innovative Forestry Society (NSIFS); a partnership charged with implementing the IFPAs. From its inception, the NSIFS has built a long history of working with First Nations (FN) communities in the Merritt area. The relationship with local FN communities is important to the continued success of the NSIFS and its programs. The NSIFS understands that furthering ongoing initiatives to improve species habitat information is strengthened through the incorporation of local FN values into management planning and practice. In order to continue its strong relationship with the local FN communities, the NSIFS recognizes the importance of developing sustainable forest management practices. The current Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) epidemic and elevated harvest levels have raised concerns regarding impacts on wildlife species and their habitats. The NSIFS is interested in doing field monitoring of priority wildlife species in the Merritt TSA. The following report outlines the results of a project undertaken to develop a field sampling plan for wildlife species in the Merritt TSA.
Lower Nicola Indian Band - Natural Resource Department. 2009. Wildlife Species Sampling Plan Merritt Area. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2009MR245
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forest, Investment, Account, (FIA), British, Columbia
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