Our objective was to evaluate the degree to which non-vertebrate species could be assigned to groups within the Species Accounting System (SAS) developed for vertebrates (e.g., Bunnell et al. 2010a,b). That accounting system facilitates evaluation of forest practices, so ability to assign non-vertebrate species to groups within it would be helpful. Seven groups of non-vertebrates were examined: vascular plants, butterflies, odonates, carabid beetles, liverworts, mosses and lichens. Evaluation of vascular plants was limited to those red- or blue-listed or assigned priority 1 and 2 within SaRCO?s 2 provincial Conservation Framework due to time constraints. Unlike some non-vertebrate groups, there is abundant data for vascular plants and for this progress report time had to be distributed across seven groups. Fungi and the many other non-vertebrates were not thoroughly addressed due to both limitations on time available and generally poorer knowledge on these groups respond to habitat elements and forest types. For most non-vertebrates we were able to note those specific to northeastern British Columbia, but mosses and liverworts had to be treated province-wide. The comments below briefly report progress on each group and summarise assignments to species accounting groups that are detailed in the attached appendices. The comments also indicate where more work could be done on these groups to complete or improve assignment to monitoring groups
Bunnell, Fred L., Kremsater, Laurie L.; Farr, Anthea; Moy, Arnold; Vernier, Pierre R.. 2010. Fort St. John (8047009) and Fort Nelson (8004005) non-vertebrate species grouping. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2010MR164
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forest, Investment, Account, (FIA), Land, Base, Investment, Program
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