About 10 years ago, managers began to experiment with partial cutting rather than clearcutting in mountain caribou habitat. The rationale was to determine whether it was possible, through use of non-clearcutting silvicultural systems, to harvest timber and also maintain the habitat attributes that are critical to caribou (Stevenson et al. 1994). Much has been learned from those early trials about layout, harvesting practices, and short-term impacts on timber values and caribou habitat attributes (Jull et al. 1996, Cariboo Forest Region 1997, Jull and Stevenson 1999). A new generation of operational partial cutblocks is under way, building on the results of the earlier trials (Waters 1996, Armleder et al. 2000, Stevenson et al. 1999).
Stevenson, Susan K., Coxson, Darwyn S.. 1999. Effects of Partial Cutting on Arboreal Lichens Used by Mountain Caribou (in Proc. Conference Biology & Management of Species and Habitats at Risk). Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Conference Biology & ManagementProceedings. Vol. 2