This purpose of this project was to further expand on operational components of the existing District Level Agreement for Management of Caribou on TFL 23 landscape unit planning strategy by improving the linkage between strategic and operational forest planning under the Silviculture Treatment Regime Initiative Project (STRIP) program. Defining habitat in terms of forest structure is something a forest planners and resource managers can manipulate to achieve stated objectives. Based on this premise, we characterized habitat in relation STRIP forest stand types in meaningful terms that link knowledge of the species to forest structural conditions and habitat elements which can be managed (or left unmanaged) to achieve strategic and operational objectives for management of caribou habitat on TFL 23. The forest structural conditions used to define caribou habitat include the following attributes and values: (1) tree size; (2) percent canopy cover; and (3) number of canopy layers. This was accomplished by: · Characterizing caribou habitat on TFL 23 in terms of forest structural conditions and habitat attributes and associated values · Defining forest structural conditions associated for the forest stand types identified under the operational STRIP program · Describing desired forest conditions and identifying forestry management practices in terms of forest structural conditions and habitat attributes for management of mountain caribou on TFL 23 · Identifying the field sampling needed to monitor the habitat effectiveness of the operational strategies and practices.
prepared by Dennis Hamilton, Phil McDonald, Cam Leitch.