The impact of forest practices on wildlife diversity and the potential losses to biodiversity through forest management are research topics of immediate concern throughout British Columbia. In 1991, the Research and Development Section of the Wildlife Branch, Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks began to coordinate several projects researching the effect of various forest practices on biodiversity, and we began a research project to: "Monitor changes in wildlife diversity during silviculture systems, hardwood and vegetation management trials funded by the Forest Renewal Program". As we began to formulate a study design for research, appropriate sampling methodology became an issue. Other researchers communicated similar concerns as overall biodiversity research was a relatively new research area in British Columbia. We felt that a workshop would open communication regarding different methodologies for researching wildlife in our forests, and would also bring together experts and experience to give better coordination to wildlife-forestry studies in British Columbia. The workshop was designed to provide a forum for wildlife researchers, wildlife managers, and others interested in monitoring wildlife under various forest management scenarios in British Columbia. The goals of the workshop were: (1) to foster communication and information sharing regarding methods and analysis for monitoring wildlife diversity in forested and managed forest ecosystems; and (2) to help ensure that the results of wildlife forestry research being conducted in B.C. will be comparable, defendable and valuable. Wildlife forestry research should increase the understanding of wildlife and forest habitat relationships, and ultimately lead to forest management that integrates goals of wildlife diversity and sustainability.
Chatwin, Trudy, Darling, Laura; Ramsay, Leah R.. 1992. Methodology for Monitoring Wildlife Diversity in B.C. Forests. BC Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks