In 2006, the Ministry of Environment, Cariboo Region, initiated a project to evaluate wildlife tree retention practices on large cutblocks greater than or equal to 100 hectares (gross block area) associated with Mountain Pine Bark Beetle harvest. The purpose of the project was to determine if wildlife tree patches and wildlife tree retention practices are providing the range of habitats for those species dependent on wildlife trees and if those practices are consistent with the direction or guidance provided by the Ministry of Forests under the Forest Practices Code of BC Act and in consideration of the Cariboo-Chilcotin Land Use Plan. The analysis of the 20 sampled cutblocks showed some potential biodiversity strengths and weaknesses. A further 40 blocks were sampled in 2007 with funding provided by the Provincial Pine Beetle Response group. The 2006 data will be combined with the 2007 data and the final report will be available in the spring of 2008.
Price, Geoff. 2007. A Preliminary Evaluation of Wildlife Tree Retention on Large Cutblocks Harvested between 2003 and 2005 for Mountain Pine Bark Beetle Salvage Cariboo Region. Ministry of Environment
Keywords: wildlife tree retention, cutblocks, pine beetle, Cariboo, wildlife tree
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