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Potential approaches to integrating silvicultural control of mountain pine beetle with wildlife and sustainable management objectives. 2004. Chan-McLeod, A.C.; Bunnell, F.L. Pages 267-277 in T.L. Shore, J.E. Brooks, and J.E. Stone, editors. Mountain Pine Beetle Symposium: Challenges and Solutions, October 30-31, 2003, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria, British Columbia, Information Report BC-X-399. 298 p.

Year: 2004

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 25055

Language: English

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There are 195 vertebrate species occurring in mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins) infested areas in interior British Columbia that will likely be impacted by beetle control measures. The effects of these measures on wildlife will depend on whether they increase or decrease the availability of critical habitat attributes such as large trees, dead and dying trees, down wood, shrubby undergrowth, continuous canopy cover, and deciduous trees. Shifting the forest age class distribution to early seral stages to reduce landscape susceptibility to mountain pine beetle attack will harm many wildlife species that are dependent on mature forest conditions, but will benefit the few species that thrive in more open habitats. In contrast, the conversion of lodgepole pine forests to non-pine tree species, and fall and burn treatments, should have relatively minor impacts. The effects of many beetle control measures on wildlife will devolve to the effects of tree retention level on wildlife. Manipulating the tree retention level, and the size, location and dispersion pattern of residual trees and tree patches can significantly advance wildlife management goals. We conclude this paper by suggesting potential approaches to integrating mountain pine beetle control with wildlife and sustainable management objectives.