Canadian Forest Service Publications

Evaluating the effects of large-scale salvage logging for mountain pine beetle on terrestrial and aquatic vertebrates. 2004. Bunnell, F.L.; Squires, K.A.; Houde, I. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria, BC. Mountain Pine Beetle Initiative Working Paper 2004-02. 57 p.

Year: 2004

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 25154

Language: English

Series: Mountain Pine Beetle Working Paper (PFC - Victoria)

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Control of mountain pine beetle can be integrated with wildlife and sustainable forest management objectives through a variety of approaches. At the most fundamental level, the effects of current control measures (i.e. salvage logging) on wildlife populations and sustainable management indicators need to be quantified.

For the scale of salvage logging operations anticipated in British Columbia, there is no literature documenting the effects on vertebrates. This evaluation of the potential effects of large-scale salvage operations is based on natural history features of the resident vertebrate fauna. Likely effects resulting from these features are summarized. The review of ecological relations is in three parts: forest-dwelling terrestrial vertebrates, freshwater fish, and non-forest-dwelling vertebrates. In some instances, salvage practices can be modified to retain potential positive effects on vertebrates; in other instances they can be modified to reduce negative effects.

The report includes recommendations for effectiveness and implementation monitoring, and key research questions. These recommendations are framed within the context of the three broad indicators adapted by the British Columbia Ministry of Water, Air and Land Protection and employed by several companies to assess efforts in sustaining biological diversity.