Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest

Year 1 - Implications of Landscape Composition and Pattern in Managed Sub-Boreal Forests

Project Reference Number: 2004-06

Project Status: Complete

Led by: Doug Steventon, Wildlife Habitat Ecologist, Ministry of Forests and Range, Smithers

Ardea Biological Consulting, Smithers

Funder: Forest Investment Account - Forest Science Program

In spring of 2004, Doug Steventon initiated a project designed to investigate the response of two interior-forest dependent wildlife species to varying amounts and patterns of harvesting in the Nadina District. Marten and northern flying-squirrel are sensitive to fragmentation – they typically avoid edges and clearcuts and would probably benefit from greater aggregation of harvested areas that leaves larger areas of mature-old forest intact. Modelling is used to predict habitat occupancy under a range of harvesting conditions, and live trapping will field-test habitat occupancy predictions, with emphasis on reproductive-age females.

Related Reports

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July 2005 Analysis of Presence/Absence Data When Absence Is Uncertain (False Zeroes): An Example for the Northern Flying Squirrel using SAS??? - EN 74 J.D. Steventon, W.A. Bergerud and P.K. Ott