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Kamloops TSA biodiversity planning: April 1, 2002 to March 31, 2003 Tolko Industries Ltd.
Abstract: Introduction Conservation of biological diversity is one of the CSA criteria in the Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Plan for the Kamloops TSA. Indicators and objectives of this criteria include; achievement of the TSA's old forest strategy; provision for the location and distribution of patches or individual wildlife trees; and recognition and conservation of known rare ecosystems and species. The SFM Plan is based on the direction in the Kamloops LRMP for high, intermediate and low biodiversity emphasis options and corresponding targets for Old Growth Management Areas (OGMAs) which have been assigned to each of the 33 landscape units in the LRMP area. These OGMAs are specified according to natural disturbance type and biogeoclimatic ecosystem classification. A draft old growth strategy has been in place since 1997 and is in the process of being updated. The Ministry of Sustainable Resources is coordinating the finalization of the LRMP strategies and objectives for biological diversity in the Kamloops TSA. MSRM's goal is to have a series of old growth areas, wildlife tree patches (WTPs) and rare ecosystems throughout the LRMP area legally established. Several iterations of these spatial biodiversity reserves old growth areas are to be tested by agencies and forest licensees to ensure the LRMP and SFM biodiversity strategies are met. The LRMP biodiversity strategies include: 1. Limit the impact of landscape unit biodiversity emphasis options to no more than 4% of the level of timber harvesting in the LRMP over the short and long term. 2. Develop tools and indicators to measure progress towards conservation of biodiversity and the impacts of biodiversity emphasis options on timber supply and other resources. SFM plan research information needs: 1. There is a need for developing and monitoring biological indicators of actual biodiversity values to verify the surrogate indicators, such as seral stage distribution. 2. Timber supply - further refine temporal and spatial analysis of timber supply information (including age class distribution). Project objective For the Kamloops LRMP/ TSA define spatial old growth areas and WTPs with the objective of meeting the targets set by MSRM. A spatial modeling analysis to support the legal establishment of spatially-explicit OGMAs over the LRMP area will also be completed. This analysis will also provide necessary information that can be used to support the SFM plan for the Kamloops TSA. The project will: analyze draft OGMAs in the Kamloops TSA (excluding TFLs 18 and 35) using a spatially explicit forest estate model; refine the draft OGMA placement for review by MSRM and concerned licensees, giving consideration to present and future timber supply, resource emphasis areas, other forest cover constraints, the ratified forest cover age selection order, and any other criteria specified by the licensees during the initial workshop; model separate scenarios to demonstrate the achievement of goals and indicators for ecosystem restoration, patch management, sustainability, and the six criteria of the Sustainable Forest Management Plan for the Kamloops TSA; provide tabular and cartographic summaries of the OGMA plan over a 250-year horizon; and provide digital and plot files compatible with Microstation and ArcInfo to MSRM and each of the 12 licensees in the TSA. Work completed in 2002 1. In 2002 licensees reviewed MSRM's draft spatial OGMAs providing edits which were digitized in Arcview by a digitizing contractor. 2. In 2002 the first set of meetings for joint MSRM/ Licensee review were completed. A GIS analysis of the draft spatial (static) OGMAs and WTPs was completed to summarize the target achievements (surpluses and deficits). 3. The TSA resultant data set (updated to May 2002) was received from MSRM, and verified by FESL staff. A formal review of the dataset was performed for gaps or irregularities and any necessary cleaning was completed. Post-processing was performed ...
Tolko Industries Ltd.. 2003. Kamloops TSA biodiversity planning: April 1, 2002 to March 31, 2003. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2003MR149
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forest, Investment, Account, (FIA), Sustainable, Forestry, British, Columbia, Timber, Supply, Areas, (B.C.)
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