This paper presents 11 testable hypotheses pertaining to terrestrial lichens, forest dynamics, and woodland caribou on the Chilcotin Plateau of south-central British Columbia. Based on preliminary studies conducted in the lodgepole pine forests of the Very Dry, Cold subzone of the Sub-boreal Pine?Spruce biogeoclimatic zone (SBPSxc), it is suggested that caribou and terrestrial forage lichens are linked in a positive-feedback continuum dependent in the long term on periodic surface fire. The possibility is raised that fire suppression may adversely affect woodland caribou in this subzone. Further work is required.
Goward, Trevor. 1999. Fire, Terrestrial Lichens, and the Itcha-Hgachuz Caribou (in Proc. Conference Biology & Management of Species and Habitats at Risk). Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Conference Biology & ManagementProceedings. Vol. 2