The effects of coal exploration activities on the wildlife ranges and on the movement of animals across these ranges were assessed by a pilot study in the Elk River valley of southeastern British Columbia. Approximately 12 acres/mile (3 ha./km) were damaged by coal exploration roads on south to west facing subalpine meadows with a minimum slope of 30° and these roads posed no serious hazard to animal movement on the slopes studied. Vegetation lists for the study areas are also given as well as some recommendations for exploration road construction and reclamation.
Stanlake, M.G., Stanlake, E.A.; Eastman, D.S.. 1976. Coal Exploration Activities and Their Effect on Subalpine Winter Ranges in Southeastern British Columbia. Ministry of Recreation and Conservation
Topic: Ungulate Winter Range
Keywords: coal exploration, impacts, subalpine, winter ranges, habitat, movements, roads, vegetation, reclamation, management, Elk River Valley
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