This report provides a discussion of a monitoring strategy based on a criterion and three associated indicators intended to assess success in sustaining biological richness (Bunnell et al. 2003). The approach is fundamentally premised on monitoring the effectiveness of management practices because it is not possible to be certain practices will achieve the stated goal of sustaining species richness. To be credible in the face of uncertainty, an effectiveness monitoring approach is required. However, it is not possible nor necessary to monitor large numbers of species. Rather, monitoring carefully selected species for responses to specific practices in a well designed manner will provide information and feedback at the species level that can help inform and refine practices.
prepared by Ralph W. Wells.
Wells, Ralph W.. 2005. Local level monitoring to sustain biological richness in the Fort Nelson TSA. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2005MR222