The biodiversity crisis in ancient northern temperate rainforests continues to be accelerated by rapid habitat loss and consequent extinctions of floral and faunal species assemblages that cannot adjust to rapid, and often large scale, habitat alterations. In an effort to record arthropod biological diversity in these forests I have studied arthropods in a number of Vancouver Island rainforest types since 1992. Based on these findings I address the following questions: (1) Do ancient forest canopies contain an endemic and largely undescribed arthropod fauna? (2) Do ancient forest ground dwelling arthropod species exist in second growth forests? (3) Can forest silvicultural practices recreate the habitat needed to maintain the full complement of ancient forest arthropod species? Answers to these questions are needed to address the issues that surround the maintenance of biological diversity (form and function) in these ancient forests.
Winchester, N.N.. 1999. Arthropod Biodiversity of Northern Temperate Ancient Rainforests: Going, Going...Gone! (in Proc. Conference Biology & Management of Species and Habitats at Risk). Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Conference Biology & ManagementProceedings. Vol. 1