Restoring Terrestrial Ecosystems: Restoring Terrestrial Ecosystems
Caribou is a species at risk and an indicator of a damaged ecosystem. We are working on a tactical plan for restoration in each of the seven South Peace ranges (Graham, Moberly, Scott, Burnt Pine, Kennedy Siding, Quintette, Narraway-Bearhold/Redwillow). This plan will serve to guide future restoration activities in the ranges.
We’ve also partnered with Chu Cho Environmental on their Lichen Seeding project for caribou habitat enhancement and are supporting their publishing of monitoring results in The Forestry Chronicle.
We’ve assisted the Bulkley Valley Research Centre in the planting of whitebark pine seedling in the Skeena Region and are working on a formal review and update of the Whitebark pine best management practices document.
Prescribed fire review for the Northern area is being worked on with the intent to develop a decision making framework, helping us understand and have consensus on when it is and is not appropriate to deliver prescribed burning. We’re assisting BC Parks with completion of dendrochronological work in the Red Hills Provincial Park area to help us understand the historical burn regime in this area of south facing Douglas-fir and open grassland ecosystems. We’ve tracked down 1928 vintage photos in federal archives and are using them to assess vegetative changes in the Sutherland Provincial Park area. This adds to the retrospective analytical work completed 2 years ago using 1960 and 2012 photo. We’re finding much more variability in vegetation types the further we go back in time. And, there are obviously more and more regular burn activities in the 1900 time period likely due to anthropogenic activities. Rounding out our work in fire is further assessment and prescription work to address fuel hazards along the Takla/Driftwood corridor as per the Vanjam Fire Management Plan.
A relatively small planning project is being completed, funded in part through the HCTF, to assess and determine potential restoration activities required in designated wildlife habitat areas and fisheries sensitive watersheds in the Omineca Region. This work should result in further proposals for implementation.