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Report: Sooke Hills Wilderness and Mount Wells Regional Parks Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping with Wildlife Capability and Suitability Interpretations

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Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping (1:20,000 scale) with wildlife capability and suitability interpretations was done for Sooke Hills Wilderness and Mount Wells Regional Parks. The study area is located south-west of Finlayson Arm in the Saanich Inlet and north of Sooke Basin and covers approximately 4,200 ha. Information provided describes the study area, methods, results and management recommendations for wildlife, terrain, sensitive ecosystems, wetlands, forests and roads and access routes.

Author:  Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks, Resources Inventory Branch

Old Reference Number:  234 and 4156

Old Reference System:  BAPID

Date Published:  Apr 2001

Report ID:  1537

Audience:  Government and Public

The TEM component of this project was completed in accordance with the 1998 Standard for Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping in B.C. and the 2000 Standard for Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping Digital Data Capture. Wildlife interpretations follow the British Columbia Wildlife Habitat Rating Standards, Version 2 (1999). The project files include a project report, map legend, expanded legend, non-spatial polygon attribute databases and wildlife files. The study area partially covers the following mapsheets: 92B.042, 92B.043, 92B.052 and 92B.053. Sooke Hills Wilderness and Mount Wells Regional Parks are located in what is known as the Nanaimo Lowland Ecosection. Two biogeoclimatic units are recognized within the parks. Just over 97% of the study area is situated within the eastern variant of the Coastal Western Hemlock very dry maritime (CWHxm1) biogeoclimatic (BGC) subzone. The remainder is located in the Coastal Douglas-fir moist maritime (CDFmm) subzone. Wildlife Habitat Ratings were developed for the following species Dryocopus pileatus (Pileated Woodpecker), Ursus americanus (Black Bear), Brachyramphus marmoratus (Marbled Murrelet) and Odocoileus hemionus (Columbian black-tailed deer).

Report Type
  Terrestrial Information
  Birds - Marbled Murrelet: Brachyramphus marmoratus
  Birds - Pileated Woodpecker: Dryocopus pileatus
  Biogeoclimatic Zone - CDF Coastal Douglas-fir Zone
  Biogeoclimatic Zone - CWH Coastal Western Hemlock Zone
  Mammals - Black Bear: Ursus americanus
  Mammals - Mule Deer: Odocoileus hemionus
  Region - Vancouver Island
  Terrestrial Information - Habitat Modeling
  Terrestrial Information - Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping (TEM)
  Terrestrial Information - Wildlife Habitat Ratings (WHR)

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