In the IDF biogeoclimatic zone of the BC interior, mature stands of Douglas-fir are often a prime component of winter range areas for mule deer. Alteration of these areas by standard timber harvesting would have an adverse effect on interior mule deer populations. The purpose of this study is to determine what features of these winter ranges make them essential for deer. With such information we hope to develop timber management practices for these areas that will not lower their carrying capacity for mule deer while recognizing the concerns of forest managers. Research will concentrate on a detailed examination of winter habitat selection.
Armleder, H.M., Thomson, R.N.. 1984. Habitat Relationships of Mule Deer in the Interior Douglas-fir Zone of Central British Columbia. Ministry of Forests. Wildlife Habitat Research Report