The purpose of this project was to provide a field guide for use by resource managers in the identification and evaluation of sites (ecosystems) for intensive resource management practices. Ecosystems have been classified, characterized and displayed in the guide for field identification, with interpretations included to assist resource managers in planning and applying management practices. To facilitate the use of the guide, Biogeoclimatic units (subzones and variants) have been classified and mapped at scales of 1:125,000 and 1:500,000.
Ecosystems and Biogeoclimatic units were classifi.ed and characterized using the Ecosystem Classification System developed by Dr. V.J. Krajina and his students. This classification has the advantage of encompassing the interactions between plants, animals1 and their physical environment, thus providing an ecological foundation for intensive resource management. Ecosystems were interpretated for timber, range and wildlife habitat management. Selected engineering interpretations have also been included to assist in road construction activities.
The field guide is divided into two volumes to facilitate use in the field. One volume contains 11 Biogeoclimatic subzone and variants in the Very Dry Climatic Region of the study area. The second volume contains 10 Biogeoclimatic subzones and variants of the Dry and Subcontinental Climatic Regions in the study area.
The study area encompassed the western part of the Kamloops Forest Region and consists of approximately 2.8 million hectares.
The present field guide is a first approximation only and is designed to be continually updated and improved as more information is collected concerning the properties of ecosystems and their monitored response to various management prescriptions.
Further details are available in Land Management Handbook No. 2, "Identification and Interpretation of Ecosystems of the Western Kamloops Forest Region", Vols. 1 & 2, by W.R. Mitchell and R.N. Green. Copies may be obtained from Information Services Branch, B.C. Ministry of Forests, 1450 Government Street, Victoria, B.C. V8W 3E7.
1 Animal populations, micro-organisms and their interactions in ecosystem development were not studied.
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BC Forest Service - Research Division. 1981. Identification and Inteppretation of Ecosystems of the Western Kamloops Forest Region. British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. Research Memo (FLNRORD). RM45
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: FLNRORD, Research Memo, British Columbia
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