This report provides background information for the Tsulquate Landscape Unit biodiversity plan and its associated proposed legal objectives. A description of the landscape unit (LU), discussion on significant resource values, and an Old Growth Management Area (OGMA) summary and rationale are provided. Planning for OGMA and Wildlife Tree Patch (WTP) biodiversity values is recognized as a high priority for the province of British Columbia. Landscape unit planning is an important component of the Forest Practices Code of BC Act (FPC) and the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA). The authority of the Land Amendment Act enables legal establishment of objectives to address landscape level biodiversity values. Implementation of this strategic planning initiative is intended to help maintain certain biodiversity values. Managing for biodiversity through retention of old growth forests is considered important not only for wildlife, but can also provide important benefits to ecosystem management, protection of water quality and preservation of other natural resources. Although not all elements of biodiversity can be, or need be, maintained on every hectare, a broad geographic distribution of old growth ecosystems is intended to serve as coarse filter biodiversity management strategy which will help sustain the genetic and functional diversity of native species across their historic ranges. In situations where old growth habitats are conserved for the needs of specifically identified species, the landscape level approach to old growth conservation also serves as a fine filter approach to species management. In accordance with the direction of government, the North Island Central Coast Forest District has established biodiversity emphasis options (BEOs) for the landscape units in its district. Through a district wide ranking process, the Tsulquate LU was rated as 'Intermediate' BEO. This process evaluated end ranked biogeoclimatic and terrain complexity, wildlife, fisheries, timber, recreation and other resource values. The intermediate BEO requires that priority biodiversity provisions be addressed by meeting the minimum specified target levels for old seral forest conservation through the delineation of Old Growth Management Areas and Wildlife Tree Retention (WTR).
prepared by Thomas Cole, Eric Ralph, Tony Pipejohn.