Pope & Talbot Ltd. has been actively working towards the implementation of a Sustainable Forest Management Plan on their management units in BC (RFP, 2006). Recent projects have refined biodiversity indicators by: 1. Evaluating ecosystems represented in an unmanaged state and establishing priorities for protection (Wilson 2004); and, 2. Defining habitat elements important for biodiversity and projecting their abundance in relation to risk-based benchmarks (Wilson 2006). In addition, Pope & Talbot Ltd. has mapped the estimated merchantability of timber on their management units (Rowe 2004a, b). Each of these projects has developed measurable indicators that set the stage for landbase optimizations that balance economic return and environmental values, in relation to other landbase values that have traditionally been considered such as caribou habitat, visual quality objectives, community watersheds, domestic watersheds, ungulate winter range etc. (RFP, 2006). These values can be considered in an analysis that can optimize the location of areas within the timber harvesting landbase that are not going to be harvested (old growth management areas- OGMAs).
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