The montane is often considered an “island” habitat surrounded by different and sometimes inhospitable ecosystems, where factors such as area, isolation, and immigration influence species richness and diversity. Until recently, the montane has provided only a small portion (2–3%) of the forest harvest in coastal British Columbia. Montane forests were considered to have relatively inoperable terrain, with wood that had undesirable fibre quality and moderately low productivity. However, as submontane ecosystems are logged, development plans call for timber supply to come increasingly from coastal montane forests. Unfortunately, our knowledge of coastal montane ecosystems is meagre, and most current management practices employed there are based on research and management experience in the submontane. Further, montane ecosystems are more sensitive to disturbance and slower to recover than submontane ecosystems...
Voller, Joan, MacKinnon, Andy. 1999. Forest Management for Biodiversity in Montane "Islands" (in Proc. Conference Biology & Management of Species and Habitats at Risk). Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Proceedings - Conference Biology & Management. Vol. 1
Topic: Species and Ecosystems at Risk
Keywords: forest management, montane, Vancouver Island
Other Identifier: University College of the Cariboo
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