An effective sensitive-species research and management program must include conservation of provincially rare species as well as: (1) knowledgeably managing relatively common species and habitat elements that are known to be sensitive to human activities, to prevent them from becoming rare; (2) maintaining throughout their range, species with critical functional roles (“keystones”) in ecosystems; and (3) obtaining basic information on the many poorly known taxa. We illustrate how these 3 categories were used to identify priority taxa for study at the interdisciplinary silvicultural systems research sites at Sicamous Creek and Opax Mountain, and how the research may help keep species and ecosystems off our “at risk” lists. Examples discussed include species or habitat elements threatened or extirpated elsewhere (e.g., pine marten, spruce grouse, coarse woody debris), groups with known key roles (e.g., red-backed voles, snags), and little known taxa (e.g., beetles, grylloblattids, gastropods).
Huggard, David J., Klenner, Walt; Vyse, Alan. 1999. Identifying and Managing Fauna Sensitive to Forest Management: Examples from the Sicamous Creek and Opax Mountain Silvicultural Systems Sites (in Proc. Conference Biology & Management of Species and Habitats at Risk). Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Conference Biology & ManagementProceedings. Vol. 1
Topic: Species and Ecosystems at Risk
Keywords: coarse woody debris, Falcipennis canadensis, Martes americana, Opax Mountain, research priorities, Sicamous Creek, silvicultural systems
Scientific Name: Falcipennis canadensis, Martes americana
English Name: Spruce Grouse, Marten
Other Identifier: University College of the Cariboo
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