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Measuring success in managing for Saskatoon berries and other traditionally important plants
Keefer, Michael E.
This research proposal introduces innovative collaborative strategies between Siska Band and the Teal Jones Group to research new techniques and applications in forestry in the management of traditionally important plants. This collaboration will draw on both traditional Nlaka?pamux forest management techniques and modern forest management techniques to enhance the sound scientific results of this research. The study site is made up of two proposed cutblocks roughly 40 ha each that are being scheduled as part of the Siska Forest and Range Agreement. The two cutblocks are immediately up hill from the Siska community. This project is designed to test different strategies for enhancing Saskatoon and other key cultural plant species. This project will employ community interviews, historic photos, the literature, plant inventories and other sources to gain information on the management of the key species. Anderson (2005) provides methods for reconstructing past management regimes in the modern context. This project seeks to use the proposed cutblocks as the basis of a series of experimental treatments for Saskatoon, soopalalie and other NTFP?s as identified. Saskatoon (Amelanchier alnifolia) and (Shepherdia canadensis) have been identified on these proposed blocks with Saskatoon the dominant shrub species. A random selection of the known (mapped) Saskatoon, soopalalie and other key species populations will be selected pre-treatment and post-treatment. This provides an unbiased, random sampling of the population. Attempts will be made to differentiate the varieties of Saskatoon that are traditionally recognised by the Nlaka?pamux. There will be four main treatments conducted: ? logging with prescribed burn ? logging with pruning and brushing ? logging with no follow up treatment ? control. The results of this research will be applicable to improved understanding and management of: ? Traditional use plant species ? Compatible management of forests for berries and trees ? Improving harvest yields for key plant species ? Stand level biodiversity ? Wildfire hazard abatement ? Climate change mitigation ? Wildlife enhancement.
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