This report summarizes data collected in 2005 and incorporates information from two adjacent study areas: the East Ootsa area between Tetachuck Lake and the Chelaslie River; and the Entiako area which includes Entiako Park and Entiako Protected Area. The focus of our project was to determine the response of caribou terrestrial forage lichens to forest harvesting and mountain pine beetles under various ecological conditions in four biogeoclimatic subzones (SBSmc2, SBSdk, SBPSmc and ESSFmc). We selected sites within sites series in each subzone that supported high lichen cover, but that did not necessarily typify each site series. Therefore, the data presented in this report are representative of localities that support high lichen cover within these site series/subzones and cannot be used to characterize average conditions within site series or subzones. In 2005, we collected additional stand structure and regeneration information at each plot to contribute to other studies lead by Dr. Dave Coates, Ministry of Forests (Forest Sciences Program Y061148), and Dr. Phil Burton, Canadian Forest Service (Forest Sciences Program Y061184). These are continuing projects so results from those studies will be published in 2007. Already, data from this project has contributed to an assessment of secondary stand structure in lodgepole pine stands affected by the mountain pine beetle epidemic (Coates et al. 2006).
by Patrick Williston and Deborah Cichowski.
Williston, Patrick, Cichowski, Deborah B.. 2006. The response of caribou terrestrial forage lichens to mountain pine beetles and forest harvesting in the east Ootsa and Entiako areas: annual report - 2005/06 - year 5. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2006MR015
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forest, Investment, Account, (FIA), Plant, communities, British, Columbia
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