Forestry

1st Case study – A multi-species conservation program

Problem – Wildlife species inhabiting mature and old forests across large expanses are affected by large-scale logging.

Assessment – The loss of large expanses of late-seral forests causes the extirpation of wildlife populations.

SolutionAlpha Wildlife used the concept of indicator species to develop a multi-species forest management plan in central interior British Columbia. With this approach, the degree of preference that some species show for specific habitats was used to identify late-successional stands that have greater potential for biodiversity conservation. awmgmt - forestry

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Superimposition of winter habitats used by American marten, Martes americana, wolverine, Gulo gulo, and fisher, Pekania pennanti, in a central interior British Columbia landscape, and delineation of multi-species management areas (after Proulx, 2005).

Proulx, G. 2005. Integrating the habitat needs of fine- and coarse-filter species in landscape planning. Proceedings of the Species at Risk 2004 Pathways to Recovery Conference (ed. T.D. Hooper), Victoria, British Columbia. Available at: http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/Public/PubDocs/bcdocs/400484/proulx_edited_final_march_17.pdf.

2nd Case study – Landscape management for the boreal woodland caribou

Problem – The primary factor causing extinctions are habitat loss and habitat fragmentation.

Assessment – In Western Alberta, limited information exists on boreal woodland caribou.

SolutionAlpha Wildlife conducted a 2-year study of caribou late-winter habitat to identify landscapes that should be managed to conserve functional habitats. Thereafter, a landscape management plan was developed with high-, medium- and low-quality habitat zones, and connectivity corridors.

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Proulx, G. 2015. Late-winter habitat pf the Little Smoky boreal woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) population, Alberta, Canada: Composition and structural characteristics, and management implications. Canadian Wildlife Biology & Management 4(2).

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