Project Title Society Purpose Project Description Location
Recently Approved - January 2019
Biomass Utilization Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic wood to bio-energy facilities to avoid pile burning emissions. Ledcor Forest Products operating areas
Fiber Utilization - CP 410 - Laird Creek Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic wood to a local pulp mill to avoid pile burning emissions. Laird Creek, 30 Km North of Nelson
Fibre Utilization Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic wood to a local pulp mill to avoid pile burning emissions. Adjacent to the community of Glade and in the Rover and Bird Creek watersheds
Fibre Utilization and Recovery in the Chilcotin Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic wood to be chipped at a pulp wood facility to avoid pile burning emissions. Chilcotin Nation traditional territory
Incremental Haul - Tops Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic wood to the BC EcoChips facility to avoid pile burning emissions. Weyerhaeuser operating area in the Okanagan Timber Supply Area
Pinnacle Smithers Incremental Haul Program Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic wood to a pellet plant to avoid pile burning emissions. South of Smithers
Pulp purchases outside of economical cycle Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic wood to Ledcor's cant mill to avoid pile burning emissions. North Adams Lake, Seymour Arm, North Thompson area, and Lillooet
Seaton Forest Products Dry Fibre Utilization Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic wood to local pellet plant and cant facilities to avoid pile burning emissions. North of Fort Babine near Nilkitkwa and Morrison Lake
West Chilcotin FP Expedited Fibre Recovery Forest Carbon Utilization of uneconomic wood to avoid pile burning emissions and to boost local economies and coastal pulp mill facilities. Areas in the vicinity of Anahim Lake, Nimpo Lake and Eliguk Lake
Project Title Society Purpose Project Description Location
Multi-regional Projects
Innovative Forest Harvesting and Renewal Treatments Across the Climatic Range of Douglas-Fir Stand Rehabilitation A study to develop forest harvesting and regeneration options that promote growth, biodiversity, carbon storage, and ecological resilience. Additionally, a documentary film and a TED talk discussing the study and the state of First Nations collaboration in forestry. Provincial
Provincial Strategic Threat Analysis on Woodlot Licenses Wildfire Risk Reduction Analyzing provincial wildfire threat mapping to render threat class by woodlot, both inside and outside of community wildland-urban interface boundaries. Provincial
HCTF Habitat Improvement Projects Habitat Enhancement Co-funded projects between HCTF and FESBC that are primarily focused on improving forested wildlife habitat. Co-funded HCTF and FESBC project areas
Improved Volume & Carbon Decision Support for Fertilization Projects Forest Carbon Collecting fertilized-tree growth data in the FLNRORD North and South areas to help inform forest management decisions regarding improved volume and carbon sequestration. FLNRORD North and South Areas
Burning questions: Reducing Risks & Ensuring Return on Investments Through Synthesis & Extension of Existing Information on Ecosystem Responses to Fire. Wildfire Risk Reduction Continuance of a study on the response of selected ecosystems to fire. The goal of the study is to provide information to assist with fire hazard reduction decision making. Provincial
Work Plan for Provincial Foliar Sampling Database Forest Carbon Development of a work plan to guide the creation of a central, provincial level database for warehousing foliar sampling data. Users could sort, extract, analyze and extrapolate information and create efficiencies. Trends in the database could lower fertilization costs by outputting optimal fertilizer blends. Provincial
First Nations Emergency Services Society - Regional Prioritization and Engagement of First Nations for Developing and Implementing FEP Project Initiatives 2017/18 Wildfire Risk Reduction First nations engagement for wildfire risk reduction planning. Provincial
Forest Carbon Fertilization Project Forest Carbon Forest Fertilization to increase carbon sequestration and timber value and yield. Additionally, surveys to determine areas for fertilization in 2019 and 2020. Tree Farm Licenses and Timber Supply Areas within FLNRORD Coast area
Ground truthing and Prescription Development of High and Extreme Provincial Strategic Threat Analysis (PSTA) categories of PG Woodlot Licenses within Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) polygons Wildfire Risk Reduction Ground-truthing wildfire threat mapping, planning for management and wood utilization, and prescriptions, layout and mapping of treatments areas. Eligible Woodlots within Prince George and Mackenzie Districts
North East Rehabilitation Program Habitat Enhancement Mapping and restoration of caribou habitat in the North East with a focus on linear forest disturbances. This restoration plan can be used as a tool when subsequent restoration plans are created. Quintette Central Mountain Caribou Range
Northeast Region Linear Disturbance Restoration Habitat Enhancement Mapping of de-forested areas in the Northeast Region, to help develop restoration strategies. Emphasis will be on linear disturbances to the forest in moose and caribou habitat. Across the FLNRORD North East Region
Cariboo Wildfire Forest Carbon Reforestation Forest Carbon Planning, mapping, surveying, and planting trees in areas impacted by 2017 wildfires where there are no pre-existing requirements to reforest. Areas impacted by 2017 wildfires where there are no pre-existing reforestation obligations
Planning & Surveys to Identify Opportunities to Improve GHG Benefits & Stand Conditions Through Reforestation Treatments Forest Carbon Planning, mapping, surveying, and tree planting in priority reforestation areas, as identified within the provinces ongoing regional Integrated Investment planning. Provincial Crown Forest throughout the province
2017 FCI Survey Project Forest Carbon Planning, surveying, and planting of trees in underproductive Crown forest to achieve greenhouse gas benefits and improve stand conditions. Harvesting debris and small diameter timber near Williams Lake will be ground for bio-energy production. Interior and Coast of BC
Debris Pile Grinding DH922K Fibre Recovery Reducing pile burning by grinding and transporting logging debris to local hog-fuel facilities. Electricity will be generated for the purchaser's facility or the BC Hydro grid. This is part of a 3-project pilot to support the Forest Fibre Working Group Kamloops Timber Supply Area
Elevating Carbon Stewardship at the Block Level Forest Carbon Research to identify small scale forest treatments that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Findings can be used in future planning to achieve carbon stewardship. Provincial
Multiple Seedlots to Increase Carbon Sequestration Forest Carbon Research using FLNRORD's tree growth modeling program Tree And Stand Simulator (TASS) to examine the ability of tree seeds from different climatic origins (that possess varying climatic and pest tolerances) to naturally buffer against climate extremes and pest damage. Provincial
2017 FCI Fertilization Surveys Forest Carbon Surveys to identify eligible areas for forest fertilization prescriptions and treatments. West Coast and South Coast Regions
Planning For Reforestation and Rehabilitation in Future Climates Forest Carbon Updates to provincial climate-based reforestation models and new research analysis to propose protection areas for vulnerable tree species in future climates. Provincial
Supporting Range-wide Whitebark Pine Regeneration Forest Carbon Work to support regeneration of the endangered whitebark pine consisting of stand and cone surveys, cone collection, seedling planting, and reporting. Whitebark Pine habitat across the province
Project Title Society Purpose Project Description Location
Omineca Region
Fertilization (Roads and Staging for Fertilization Application) Forest Carbon Improving forest road access to fertilization areas in the northern section of the Prince George District Northern portion of the Prince George District
Kenny Dam Wildfire Planning and Prescriptions Stand Rehabilitation A pilot project for post wildfire rehabilitation wherein work will surpass current obligations and identify biophysical values for specific restoration work. The overall goal is to promote ecosystem function, stability, and resilience. 2004 Kenny Dam Wildfire area
Little Bobtail Planning and prescriptions Stand Rehabilitation A pilot project for post wildfire rehabilitation wherein work will surpass current obligations and identify biophysical values for specific restoration work. The overall goal is to promote ecosystem function, stability, and resilience. 2015 Little Bobtail wildfire
McBride Community Forest - Grinding Roadside Residuals Forest Carbon Grinding harvesting debris piles in the McBride Community Forest to offset carbon emissions and maintain air quality in the Robson Valley. McBride Community Forest
Pilot Mountain Fire Abatement Project Wildfire Risk Reduction Wildfire fuel reduction treatments to protect critical emergency communications infrastructure. Pilot Mountain
Road Rehabilitation Stand Rehabilitation Road rehabilitation to increase the amount of land base contributing to carbon sequestration, timber supply, and reforestation objectives. South of Francois Lake and South of Entiako Provincial Park
Tabor Mountain Strategic Plan and Implementation Stand Rehabilitation Analysis of FLNRORD's strategic plan and the Tabor Mountain Recreation Society's Management Plan to align and improve project outcomes. Tabor Mountain Area
VanJam Planning and Prescriptions Wildfire Risk Reduction Review, update, and develop new fuel management prescriptions to reduce the fire hazard in planned locations. Stuart Nechako District
Project Title Society Purpose Project Description Location
Skeena Region
Biomass From Thinning Over dense Stands Fibre Recovery A study to evaluate the economic feasibility of using intermediate harvest debris as a biomass source for carbon-offsetting wood pellet energy. Other benefits include accelerating the development of old-growth characteristics and improving wildlife habitat. Skeena Sawmills Ltd. Tree Farm Licence 41
Boer Mountain Fire Mitigation Wildfire Risk Reduction Harvesting or removal of beetle damaged uneconomic stands to reduce wildfire fuel loading, rehabilitate a productive forest, and maintain Boer Mountain recreation trails. Burns Lake Community Forest within the Boer Mountain Recreation Polygon
Burns Lake Community Forest Fire Break Phase 1 Wildfire Risk Reduction Planning, layout, and prescriptions and harvesting for a fire break in the Burns Lake Community Forest Burns Lake Community Forest
Skeena Region Whitebark Pine Seed Collection Stand Rehabilitation Whitebark pine seed collection operations in the Skeena Region. Taking advantage of the good seed production year in 2018, work will include surveying for sites, caging cones from predators, collecting mature cones, extracting the seeds by hand, and registering and storing the seeds at the BC Tree Seed Centre. Whitebark pine habitat, Skeena region
Restoring Endangered Whitebark Pine Ecosystems in Skeena Region Stand Rehabilitation Management of the whitebark pine restoration program including seed collection and planting of 6500 disease resistant whitebark pine trees. Whitebark pine habitat, Skeena region
Forest Carbon - Not burning Residuals Forest Carbon Delivering logging debris to pellet plants in the form of "bio-logs", typically the 1 to 4-inch diameter tree tops and low-quality logs. "Bio-logs" are transported by standard logging trucks and can be used when access is limited. West end of Francois Lake and near Highway 16 / Perow FSR
Granisle Wildfire Mitigation Wildfire Risk Reduction Planning and harvesting of high wildfire hazard fuel types as identified by the Village of Granisle's Community Wildfire Protection Plan. Village of Granisle and surrounding area
Marginal Sawlog Utilization within the Bulkley TSA Stand Rehabilitation Researching the advantages of using the coastal tree appraisal system (Call Grade Net Factor) in the interior to improve marginally economic stand utilization. Additionally, a study to compare tree growth in old unmanaged vs. managed sub-alpine fir stands with corresponding growth rate models. McKendrick Pass, 35km east of Smithers
Silviculture Strategy For Terrace Community Forest Stand Rehabilitation Development of a silviculture strategy for the Terrace Community Forest to improve stands that are currently marginal or uneconomical. These stands will be harvested, replanted, and treated to improve their growth and vigor. Terrace Community Forest
Spacing of 2nd Growth Stands Stand Rehabilitation Removing young trees to create growth space in overly dense hemlock and amabilis fir stands. This treatment is expected to result in reaching the target tree dimension 30 years faster than if no treatment were applied. Coast Mountains District, blocks with overly dense regenerating Hemlock and Amabilis Fir plantations 15-25 years in age
WCFC Strategic Wildfire Hazard Mitigation Plan Wildfire Risk Reduction Development of a strategic wildfire hazard mitigation plan for the Wetzin'kwa Community Forest. Wetzin'kwa Community Forest
Project Title Society Purpose Project Description Location
Cariboo Region
?Esdilagh Primary Fuel Breaks Wildfire Risk Reduction Planning and layout of wildfire fuel breaks to reduce wildfire threat to the community of ?Esdilagh. West of Souran Lake near the community of ?Esdilagh
100 CF K2W Fire Mitigation Action Plan Wildfire Risk Reduction Assessing, planning, mapping, and prescriptions for wildfire fuel break construction. South of 100 Mile House
ACFN/Tl'etinqox MPB Rehabilitation & Wildfire Risk Reduction Stand Rehabilitation Planning and harvesting of severely degraded, dead, or uneconomical stands and treatments for a landscape level fuel break to reduce wildfire risk. Plus, cone picking and a feasibility study on biomass removal and transportation to a bioenergy facility. Tsideldel (Alexis Creek) and Tl'etinqo (Anaham) First Nation traditional territory
Anahim Lake Fuel Break Wildfire Risk Reduction Establishment of a primary fuel break to reduce wildfire risk to the communities of Anahim Lake and Nimpo Lake. Southwest of Anahim
Barkerville Historic Town Wildfire Fuel Treatment Wildfire Risk Reduction Construction of a wildfire fuel break aligned with the Barkerville Community Wildfire Protection Plan. Barkerville Historic Town & Park
Borland Valley Fuel Management Treatment Wildfire Risk Reduction Reducing forest density and removing ladder and fine fuels to decrease wildfire risk. Borland Valley
Borland Valley Operational Fuel Treatment Project 2017 Wildfire Risk Reduction Removal of trees and vegetation for the Borland Valley wildfire fuel break. Borland Valley
Burns Lake Incremental Haul Fibre Recovery Offsetting pile burning emissions by transporting harvesting debris to pellet plants in the form of "bio-logs", typically the 1 to 4-inch diameter tree tops and low quality logs. Narcoslie East and Udy Creek area
CCR - Fire Hazard Reduction/Rehab Wildfire Risk Reduction Harvesting to reduce wildfire risk with a special focus on low value stands to improve forest productivity. Tsideldel (Alexis Creek) and Tl'etinqo (Anaham) First Nation traditional territory
CCR Douglas-fir Fire Rehabilitation Forest Carbon Planning, harvesting and planting in high burn intensity interior Douglas-fir stands hit during the 2017 wildfires. Planning includes bark beetle management using anti-aggregation pheromones, and a feasibility study for biomass transport to bioenergy facilities. Tsideldel (Alexis Creek) and Tl'etinqo (Anaham) First Nation traditional territory
Clinton Landscape Level Fire Mitigation Wildfire Risk Reduction Surveys, prescriptions, and treatment to create a wildfire fuel break. Southeast of Clinton
Eniyud Community Forest and Tatla Lake Wildfire Fuel Treatment Plan Wildfire Risk Reduction Prescriptions and treatments for wildfire fuel identified in the Tatla Lake Landscape Fire Management Plan. Eniyud Community Forest, western block
Esk'etemc Mule Deer Habitat Restoration Habitat Enhancement Surveys, planning, and prescriptions for mule deer winter range habitat improvement in the Esk'etemc community forest and First Nation Woodland License. Esk'etemc Community Forest and First Nations Woodland License
Esk'etemc Wildfire Risk Management Wildfire Risk Reduction Treatments to reduce wildfire risk and enhance wildlife habitat in line with the Esk’etemc Community Wildfire Protection Plan. Around the communities of Alkali Lake, Springhouse, Frost Creek, Chimney, Felker Lakes, and 140 Mile
Fdi Density Spacing - Flatrock Stand Rehabilitation Removing low quality and diseased trees in the Williams Lake Community Forest to maximize tree growth and vigor. Secondary benefits include reducing ladder fuels for crown fires and assisting in the development of mature forest characteristics to improve mule deer winter range. Williams Lake Community Forest
Feasibility of a Centralized Sort Yard System for Increasing Fibre Utilization and Reducing Delivered Wood Costs in Low-Value/Uneconomic MPB Stands, Quesnel TSA Stand Rehabilitation A study to assess the establishment of a centralized log sorting yard in the Quesnel District. By reducing log transportation time, the centralized yard would increase access to timber and improve the Districts ability to rehabilitate low value/uneconomic mountain pine beetle-killed stands Quesnel Timber Supply Area - Low value / MPB affected stands
Forest Residual Grinding in Quesnel District Fibre Recovery In place of roadside burning: grinding and transporting post-harvest debris piles for pellet manufacture, and harvesting low value stands and transporting logs for pellet manufacture. Batnuni Lake Area
Fuel Prescription Pilot - Borland Valley Wildfire Risk Reduction Development of prescriptions for a large-scale Borland Valley wildfire fuel break. Borland Valley
Fuel Reduction Around First Nation Communities - Fuel Management Prescriptions and Treatments Wildfire Risk Reduction Wildfire risk reduction through planning, prescriptions, and treatments to restore mountain pine beetle damaged stands. Nazko
Ground Truth of Alkali Lake Fuel Treatment Areas Wildfire Risk Reduction Surveying areas identified in the Cariboo-Chilcotin Natural Resource District Landscape Fire Management Plan to determine fuel management treatments. On or adjacent to the Esk'etemc Community Forest
Ground truthing and Prescription Dev of High and Extreme Provincial Threat Analysis Wildfire Risk Reduction Ground truthing provincial wildfire threat data in Cariboo-Chilcotin woodlots, liaising and developing prescriptions with woodlot licensees to address wildfire management, assessing burned stands to utilize wood and, if necessary, improve their condition. Woodlot licenses within the Cariboo-Chilcotin
Hanceville Fire Rehab Stand Rehabilitation Site preparation treatments for reforestation in areas of the 2017 Hanceville Fire with low volume recovery or areas affected by mountain pine beetle. 2017 Hanceville Fire
Landscape-Level Fuel Break Pilot Wildfire Risk Reduction Planning and prescriptions for a wildfire fuel break in the Williams Lake Community Forest. Williams Lake Community Forest
Meadow Lake/Lac LaHache Wildfire Mitigation/Rehab Wildfire Risk Reduction Planning, prescriptions, and treatments to harvest and rehabilitate uneconomic diseased stands. The harvesting will double as a wildfire fuel break that ties in with a FLNRORD wildfire buffer. Portions of reforestation will use deciduous and grass seeding. South of Lac La Hache Prov Park
Mule Deer Winter Range Restoration Habitat Enhancement Surveying, mapping, and prescriptions for 500 hectares of mule deer winter range restoration. Esk'etemc Community Forest and First Nations Woodland License
NAZBEC Development, Grinding & Sort Yard Fibre Recovery Planning, harvesting, and replanting of uneconomic stands affected by mountain pine beetle. Post-harvest debris will be manufactured into pellets to avoid roadside burning. Quesnel
NAZBEC Mountain Pine Beetle Rehabilitation Stand Rehabilitation Planning and harvesting of heavily damaged mountain pine beetle stands to improve forest health and productivity. North East of Nazko
Nazbec Quesnel Rehab Forest Carbon Rehabilitation of uneconomic, mature stands severely damaged by mountain pine beetle. West of Quesnel
Nazko - Pine Treatment and Fire Hazard Reduction Stand Rehabilitation Harvesting and removal of beetle damaged trees to reduce wildfire risk and rehabilitate forest productivity. Harvesting debris and small diameter wood will be sent to pulp, pellet, or bio-fuel facilities. West of Nazko
Nazko Burnt Pine Salvage Rehabilitation Planning and harvesting of salvageable burnt timber from the 2017 Plateau complex fire and surrounding mountain pine beetle-killed lodgepole pine. North West of Nazko
Nazko Mountain Pine Beetle Rehabilitation - Year 2 Wildfire Risk Reduction Expansion of the Nazko Wildfire Hazard Treatment project area. Northwest of Nazko
Pre-commercial Thinning of Drybelt Fir Stand Rehabilitation Thinning to increase tree growing space and volume, and to improve overall stand health. University of British Columbia's Alex Fraser Research Forest
Quesnel Fire Fuel Treatment Wildfire Risk Reduction Development and implementation of a Quesnel and area community interface wildfire protection plan. Quesnel
Road Rehabilitation in the Chilcotin Habitat Enhancement Road surface revegetation using First Nation traditional knowledge and science to reduce erosion, slope failure, sequester carbon, increase merchantable trees, and close predator corridors. This project will also have an information sharing component to increases operational knowledge of road rehabilitation techniques. Selected roads in the West Chilcotin
South Canim Fire Management Planning Wildfire Risk Reduction Development of a landscape level plan for fuel breaks and fuel management. South side of Canim Lake Community
The ?Esdilagh Fire Prevention & Mitigation Project Wildfire Risk Reduction Ground truthing and treatment of areas outside of the wildland-urban interface to reduce wildfire threat to the community of ?Esdilagh. West of Souran Lake near the community of ?Esdilagh
Williams Lake Community Forest Landscape Level Fuel Treatment Wildfire Risk Reduction Treatments for a wildfire fuel break in the Williams Lake Community Forest. Logging debris and small diameter wood will be sent to the Williams Lake bio-energy facility. Williams Lake Community Forest
Williams Lake Steep Slope Fir Bark Beetle Wildfire Risk Reduction Funding to support a joint FLNRORD and local community project to helicopter salvage harvest beetle-killed Douglas-fir trees on inaccessible steep slopes. The project is adjacent to the city of Williams Lake and will reduce community wildfire risk and assist in controlling a bark beetle outbreak. South bank of Williams Creek Valley
Woodlot 577 Fire Mitigation Action Plan Wildfire Risk Reduction Assessing, planning, mapping, and prescriptions for wildfire fuel break construction. Southwest of 100 Mile House
Project Title Society Purpose Project Description Location
Kootenay-Boundary Region
Fibre Recovery in Baker Mt Road Area Fibre Recovery Harvesting adjacent to the City of Cranbrook to utilize overstocked wood, increase timber value, reduce wildfire risk, and open the area to establish grassland habitat Baker Mt Road area - sites with low growing potential
Run Glading Fibre Recovery Fibre Recovery Planning, harvesting, and hauling of dangerous unhealthy trees within the Red Mountain Resort skiing area. This plan will utilize uneconomic wood, improve skier safety, and address forest health issues. North face of Granite Mountain, Red Mountain Ski Resort Recreation Area
Feasibility Analysis of Intensive Fibre Recovery From WUI Treated Lands Wildfire Risk Reduction An analysis of wildfire prevention models within the community wildland-urban interface (WUI). Discussion will include cost sharing methods for low value timber harvesting and biomass removal within the WUI. City of Cranbrook
Westview Estates Fuel Management Wildfire Risk Reduction Tree removal and limbing to decrease fire hazard and increase forest floor productivity. Westview Estates, 10 km south of Cranbrook
Implementation of Landscape Level WUI Slocan Plan Wildfire Risk Reduction Wildfire fuel break implementation to satisfy the Slocan Valley Landscape Level Wildfire Protection Plan Hewitt Mine Rd, Bannock Point, Ponderosa FSR and Dead Horse Trail
Dry Gulch Forest Management Wildfire Risk Reduction Tree removal and pruning to reduce wildfire fuel consistent with the Shuswap Indian band's Community Wildfire Protection Plan. Dry Gulch Creek, ~2km north of the Shuswap Reserve, South of the Village of Radium Hot Springs and between highway 93/95 to the East and the Columbia wetlands to the West
Collaborative Planning Wildfire Risk Reduction Collaborative planning for priority areas in the wildland urban interface as identified in Community Wildfire Protection Plans throughout the Regional District Central Kootenay Communities within the Regional District of Central Kootenay
Selous Creek Prescription Wildfire Risk Reduction Development of a community wildfire protection prescription for the Selous Creek Treatment Unit supported by the Regional District of Central Koontenay's and the City of Nelson's Community Wildfire Protection Plans. Selous Creek, Nelson
Kootenay FireSmart Initiative Wildfire Risk Reduction Community FireSmart education. Kootenay-Boundary Region
Champion Lakes Park Forest Fuels Management Wildfire Risk Reduction Prescriptions and treatments for wildfire fuel reduction in Champion Lakes Park. The project intends to reduce wildfire risk to park visitors, park values and infrastructure, nearby private properties and adjacent Crown and private forest land. Champion Lakes Park
KDCFS Wildfire Protection Plan Wildfire Risk Reduction Planning and surveys to assist with the development and implementation of a landscape level Wildfire Protection Plan within the Kaslo Community Forest. Kaslo and District Community Forest 
Queens Bay Prescription Wildfire Risk Reduction Development of a community wildfire protection prescription for the community of Queens Bay. Queens Bay
West Arm Park Fuel Reduction Wildfire Risk Reduction Wildfire fuel management treatments to create a landscape level fuel break and reduce fuel loads. Adjacent to the Lasca Creek Road in West Arm Park 
Procter Fuel Treatment Prescription Wildfire Risk Reduction Wildfire fuel reduction by harvesting uneconomic stands and removing small diameter trees to promote future forest productivity. West Procter face at bottom of Narrows Creek Road
Fuel Reduction Treatments in the RDCK - Kokanee, Canyon/Lister Wildfire Risk Reduction Fuels management in key areas consistent with the Regional District of Central Kootenay's Community Wildfire Protection Plan. High fire hazard stands in Lister, Fauquier, Kingsgate, Nelson, Riondel, Kokanee Park, Beasley
Rock Creek Ecosystem Restoration Project (WBCF) Stand Rehabilitation Development of prescriptions to improve stand health. Additional benefits include reducing wildfire fuel loading, utilization of low value stands, and improvement of wildlife habitat. North-east of Rock Creek, between Riverside and Nicholson FSRs
Sheep Mountain adjacent to community of Elko Wildfire Risk Reduction Fuel management treatments to reduce wildfire risk to the town of Elko and restoring wildlife habitat for a variety of species. 10 km south of Hwy 3/93 junction west of Elko, BC. East of Hwy 93, North of Cutts Road and west of the Elk River.
Quartz Lake Wildfire Risk Reduction Vegetation removal, invasive plant control, and grass seeding to reduce wildfire risk. Near Premier Lake Provincial Park
Rushmere Ecosystem Restoration and Fuel Treatment Wildfire Risk Reduction Hand slashing of trees under 17.5 centimeters diameter, bucking, piling and pile burning to reduce wildfire risk to the community of Rushmere Adjacent to the community of Rushmere
Duck Pasture Wildfire Risk Reduction Slashing of trees less than 20 centimeters diameter, and prescribed burning to reduce the risk of wildfires. Duck Pasture - west of Hwy 93, north of Jaffray/Baynes Lake Road and east of Kikomon Road
Cranbrook East Prescriptions - Gold Creek 5 / South and West Cranbrook WUI Wildfire Risk Reduction Fuel management prescription development in priority areas to reduce the risk of wildfires near the City of Cranbrook. Crown land surrounding the City of Cranbrook within the Rocky Mountain District
Slocan Valley Landscape Level Wildfire Protection Plan Wildfire Risk Reduction Wildfire Fuel management treatments identified in the Slocan Strategic Fuel Management Plan. Silverton -Hewitt Mine Rd, Anderson Creek and Perry Siding, Lemon Creek - Ponderosa FSR and Winlaw FSR
RDCK West Arm Planning Wildfire Risk Reduction A pilot project to develop a collaborative wildfire risk reduction model. Findings will guide community wildfire protection plans for the City of Nelson, RDCK and the Fire Management Plan for West Arm Provincial Park. Selous Creek, Queens Bay and Procter
Indian Springs North and South Wildfire Risk Reduction  A prescribed burn on 182.25 hectares of crown land for grassland ecosystem restoration and wildfire fuel management. Benefits include habitat improvement for badgers, Lewis woodpecker, elk and mule deer. Indian Springs North Pasture of St. Mary's Prairie Range, Mission Road, Wycliffe, BC
Westside Lake Community - Fuel Management Wildfire Risk Reduction Hand slashing, pile burning and grass seeding to reduce wildfire risk. Provincial Crown land in Newgate, BC
Silver Springs Fuel Management Treatment Wildfire Risk Reduction Fuel management treatments to reduce wildfire risk to The City of Cranbrook and RDEK area C, plus habitat restoration for wildlife and domestic cattle. South of Cranbrook and north and south of Gold Creek Forest Service Road in RDEK
Cranbrook Community Forest/College of the Rockies Fuel Management Treatments Wildfire Risk Reduction Wildfire fuel management and ecosystem restoration treatments to protect and restore Crown Land adjacent to the City of Cranbrook and the College of the Rockies. Adjacent to the City of Cranbrook municipal boundaries
RDCK Kinsgate / Riondel Wildfire Risk Reduction Wildfire fuel management treatments consistent with the Regional District of Central Kootenay's Community Wildfire Protection Plan. Riondel, Kingsgate, Fauquier, Burlington , Nelson (North Rail Trail)
West Arm Provincial Park Fuel Prescription (West Arm Park) Wildfire Risk Reduction Treatments to reduce wildfire fuel within West Arm Park and the adjacent wildland-urban interface. West and East side of West Arm Provincial Park and Along the shore of Kootenay Lake between Nelson to Harrop
May Creek Wildfire Mitigation and Habitat Improvement Project Wildfire Risk Reduction Harvesting and prescribed burning to utilize marginally economic stands and reduce wildfire fuel loads near the community of Grand Forks West Boundary Community Forest
Westview Estates Landscape Fuel Break Wildfire Risk Reduction Removal of small trees for wildfire fuel management. Secondary benefits include improved wildlife browsing and cattle grazing. Westview Estates - 10 km south of Cranbrook
UBCM SWPI Co-Funded Fuel Management Projects Wildfire Risk Reduction Wildfire fuel management treatments. Adjacent to Akisqnuk First Nation Reserve
Project Title Society Purpose Project Description Location
Thompson-Okanagan Region
TFL 59 Fertilization (Phase 2) Forest Carbon Fertilizer application to accelerate tree growth, improve greenhouse gas management, increase arboreal habitat, and improve ungulate winter range habitat. Weyerhaeuser Tree Farm License 59
Thinning, Fertilization, and Carbon Sequestration Forest Carbon Field measurements to determine tree growth and carbon sequestration after a 25-year period with multiple fertilizations and one intermediate harvest. Enhancement of range forage for cattle will also be measured. Bald Range (25 km west of Summerland) and 37 km northwest of Kelowna
Forest Fertilization - Lower North Thompson Community Forest Forest Carbon Fertilization of eligible stands within the Lower North Thompson Community Forest to maintain or improve their health, rate of growth, and overall resiliency. Lower North Thompson Community Forest
Rehabilitation of Legacy Forest Roads, Skid Trails, Landings and Slides on the Lower North Thompson Community Forest License Area Stand Rehabilitation Field work to assess the impact of retained forests roads on streams, creeks, and the water table in the LNTCF. Where necessary, prescriptions to restore the hydrological function. Lower North Thompson Community Forest
16 year Re-measurement of Grant Creek Spacing and Fertilization Forest Carbon Reporting on fertilization and spacing treatments to determine a biologically-meaningful maximum number of Lodgepole pine that will grow in areas of the southern interior. Plus, data collection on the use of fertilizer to accelerate natural stand maturity in place of mechanical tree removal. 30 km Northeast of Princeton, Grant Creek watershed
TFL59 Fertilization (Phase 1) Forest Carbon Block sampling and selection for forest fertilization including prescriptions and contract tendering for fertilizer application. Weyerhaeuser Tree Farm License 59
Use of a Slash Bundler for Biomass Recovery Fibre Recovery A trial project to record the effectiveness of using the European preferred Slash Bundler machine to collect harvesting debris. This machine self-loads and wraps debris into compressed bundles, increasing efficiency and reducing cost. South east of Paradise Lake, north of highway 97C
Incremental Haul Forest Carbon Transport of harvesting debris to the Kamloops Domtar Pulp Mill to offset carbon emissions from roadside burning. Adams Lake
Garnet Valley Enhancement - Phase 1 Habitat Enhancement Re-establishing ecological diversity, resiliency, and ungulate habitat using prescribed fire equivalent to the natural fire regime. This project will be collaborative and use local indigenous knowledge and science. Additionally, hand treatments and spot burning to reduce overall wildfire risk. 12 km north of Summerland in the Garnet Valley
Garnet Valley Ungulate Winter Range Enhancement - Phase 2 Habitat Enhancement Continuance of the Garnett Valley Enhancement phase 1 project, treatments for the remaining project areas. 12 km north of Summerland in the Garnet Valley
Hat Creek Project Stand Rehabilitation Harvesting trees and piling and burning debris to: enhance critical deer winter range, increase forage for wildlife and grazing for livestock and improve the opportunity for mid-term timber harvesting. Hat Creek Watershed
Trepanier Wildfire Rehabilitation Forest Carbon Tree planting for wildfire rehabilitation, carbon sequestration and the improvement of mule deer winter range. Dangerous trees will be removed for public and tree planter safety. Westbank First Nations Community Forest - areas burned during 2012 Trepanier Creek wildfire
Skeetchestn Forest and Riparian Restoration Forest Carbon Riparian restoration in the Deadman River watershed. Project goals are riparian forest structure and habitat restoration and increasing ecosystem carbon density. The project is designed to serve as a model for integrated riparian planning and restoration in other critical drainages. Deadman River Watershed - Skeetchestn Traditional Territory
West Kelowna Wildfires Rehabilitation Project Stand Rehabilitation Planning for a multi-phase project in the Westbank First Nations Community Forest. The goals are: hazard tree removal in recreation areas, improving visual quality and forest production by planting trees, and restoring mule deer winter range. Westbank First Nation Community Forest
Cedar Hills Fire Rehab & Deer Winter Range Improvement Stand Rehabilitation Planning, assessments, prescriptions and tree planting to reforest approximately 124 hectares of fire killed land and improve mule deer habitat within the 2003 Cedar Hills fire. 2003 Cedar Hills Fire - 8 km east of Falkland
TFL 49 MPB Pine Stand Rehabilitation Project Stand Rehabilitation A partnership with BC Timber Sales and Forests for Tomorrow to remove damaged, mountain pine beetle-killed pine stands and reforest to return productivity and lower wildfire risk in the Tree Farm License. Tolko Tree Farm License 49
Cascades District Mountain Pine Beetle Rehabilitation Stand Rehabilitation Identification and treatment of mountain pine beetle impacted stands in the Cascades District to restore forest productivity. Merritt
Logan Lake Community Forest Mountain Pine Beetle Rehabilitation Fibre Recovery Planning to harvest mountain pine beetle impacted stands with merchantable volume. The aim is to rehabilitate stands to productive forest. Logan Lake Community Forest - dead pine stands with merchantable volume
Syilx Stewardship in Fire Maintained Landscapes Wildfire Risk Reduction Planning, prescriptions, and treatments for wildfire fuel reduction and fuel breaks. Garnet Valley, June Creek, and the Ashnola Valley
Southeast Kelowna Landscape Level Fuel Break Wildfire Risk Reduction Development of a landscape level wildfire fuel break as planned in the City of Kelowna's Community Wildfire Protection Plan. Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park and provincial crown land south east of the City of Kelowna.
Big White Interface Fuel Break Treatments Wildfire Risk Reduction Development of fuel management prescriptions and implementing these prescriptions to create two landscape level fuel breaks within the proximity of the Big White Ski Resort. Within the wildland-urban interface of the Big White Ski Resort,
Joe Rich Wildfire Threat Reduction Wildfire Risk Reduction Planning, strategic harvesting and tree thinning, to address wildfire threat and suppression access inside the Joe Rich community wildland-urban interface. Within the Joe Rich sub basin of Mission Creek Watershed
Agur Lake fuel management prescriptions Wildfire Risk Reduction Mapping, surveys, and prescriptions to reduce high to extreme wildfire threat fuel loads near the Augur Lake Camp Society land. Agur Lake, Summerland
Fuel Management Treatments (Agur Lake Camp Society) Wildfire Risk Reduction Spacing, pruning, piling and disposal of vegetation to reduce overall fuel loading near the Augur Lake Camp Society. Agur Lake, Summerland
Comstock Fuel Management Project Wildfire Risk Reduction Prescription development for fuel break layout and fuel reduction treatments. Debris will be made available to a local bio-energy plant. South of Merritt
Baldy Mt Resort Phase 1 -McKinney Wildfire Risk Reduction Fire break prescriptions in the Mckinney Community Watershed to reduce wildfire risk. Crown land surrounding the Baldy Mountain Resort infrastructure.
Logan Lake Wildfire Risk Management Plan (WRMP) Wildfire Risk Reduction Development of a wildfire risk management plan for the community of Logan Lake. Logan Lake
Silver Star Bridle Path landscape Level Fuel Break Wildfire Risk Reduction Work to complete the Silver Star wildfire fuel break and a review to determine how to proceed with a prescribed burn to reduce surface fuels and improve deer and bear browse. Within Silver Star Resort Controlled Recreation Area, close to the mountain village and encompassing most of the Nordic ski area.
Meadow Valley Road Landscape Level Fuel Break Wildfire Risk Reduction Prescriptions for a wildfire fuel break consistent with The District of Peachland's Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The project aims to connect adjacent landscape fuel breaks and will include a post treatment prescribed burn for wildlife habitat and browse improvement. The south end of the Okanagan-Shuswap District and is anchored on Meadow Valley Road above the Highway 97
Ellis and Penticton Creeks Landscape Level Fuel Breaks Wildfire Risk Reduction Prescriptions to develop a landscape level fuel break in line with the City of Penticton's Community Wildfire Protection Plan and assessments for prescribed burning on steep slopes. In the Ellis and Penticton Creek drainages east of the City of Penticton.
Prescribed Burn in Xaxli'p Survival Territory - Phase 1 Habitat Enhancement Planning, prescriptions, and ground work for a 360-hectare prescribed burn in the Rough Creek drainage. The goal is to improve wildlife habitat and reduce wildfire risk. East of Fountain Lake
Project Title Society Purpose Project Description Location
South Coast Region
Post Wildfire OGMA Rehabilitation Stand Rehabilitation Experimental treatments to accelerate the development of old growth structure, carbon sequestration capacity, and resiliency to fire in moderately to severely burned Old Growth Management Areas. The first treatment will be based on current tree regeneration standards; the second will use provincial climate change informed species selection (CCISS) tools. Areas affected by wildfire in the Upper Lillooet River and Elaho River Watersheds
Access Corridor Fuel Reduction Implementation Wildfire Risk Reduction Wildfire fuel management treatments to improve community, recreation, and infrastructure access and escape route corridors. Adjacent to Blackwater FSR 12 km west of D’Arcy
Whistler Fuel Reduction Wildfire Risk Reduction Ground work on the Whistler area wildfire fuel break with salvage harvesting of pine beetle damaged timber. Plus, a fibre recovery study and further prescription development and planning. Cheakamus Lake Forest Service Road, Whistler Interpretive Forest, First Nation Cultural Management Area, Garibaldi Park Staging Area, Wedgemount Lake Park Staging Area
Cheakamus Community Forest - Planning, Px and Layout-Fuel Reduction Wildfire Risk Reduction Continued work on the Whistler area wildfire fuel break. Removal of trees and surface and ladder fuels with delivery of the vegetation to a composting site. Cheakamus Community Forest
Sea to Sky District Access Fuel Treatments Wildfire Risk Reduction Planning for wildfire fuel management treatments to improve community, recreation, and infrastructure access and escape route corridors. Birkenhead, Blackwater, Brew Creek Road, Cheakamus Lake, Garibaldi Park, IR 1B, and Owl Ridge
Project Title Society Purpose Project Description Location
West Coast Region
Riparian Restoration Project (Cowichan) Forest Carbon Riparian ecosystem restoration to capture carbon over the mid to long term, increase the value of red alder stands, and enhance Cowichan First Nations cultural values. Khowutzun Forest Service Community Forest, Duncan
Haida Gwaii Enhanced Silviculture 2018 Habitat Enhancement Treatments that produce mature forest characteristics to improve Haida Gwaii Goshawk forage territory. Graham Island, Haida Gwaii - near Yakoun River
Improving Stand Value of Cw North Van Island Stand Rehabilitation Stem thinning to provide growing space, increase volume, and improve the health of Western red-cedar. The treatment will Increase the value of future stands and contribute to First Nations red-cedar cultural values. North Island Timber Supply Area and Malcome Island
Woss Firebreak Management Wildfire Risk Reduction Development of a fire hazard abatement program for the community of Woss and subsequent treatments to reduce wildfire ladder fuels. Adjacent to the community of Woss
Project Title Society Purpose Project Description Location
Co-Funded Projects - FESBC / HCTF
2017-2018
Fisher Habitat Conservation - Provincial Extension Program Habitat Enhancement This project will provide opportunities for training and the application of best management practices to a variety of forestry practitioners who make decisions that affect the supply of fisher habitat throughout British Columbia. Provincial (multi-region)
Determining factors that affect survival of moose in central BC Habitat Enhancement In response to declining moose numbers in central BC, a 5-year Provincially coordinated moose research study was initiated in 2013. This 2-year HCTF project will enable a Postdoctoral Fellow to analyze 5-years of survival of collared cow moose (Dec 2013–Mar 2018) with reference to the landscape-change hypothesis to help inform moose management in BC Provincial (multi-region)
West Coast Roosevelt Elk Augmentation and Recovery Project Habitat Enhancement The primary objective of this project is to reestablish viable Roosevelt Elk populations in wilderness areas of the West Coast Region while mitigating conflicts through translocation of elk from agricultural areas and along the highways of Vancouver Island, BC. Partnerships with community organizations, stakeholders, industry and First Nations governments, for translocations are key to facilitate recovery of this blue-listed species on Vancouver Island. Relocated herds will help improve ecosystem function and provide future opportunities for sustenance and recreational uses in new population units. Vancouver Island
Improving Wildlife Habitat in Logged and Fire-Damaged Coastal Forests Habitat Enhancement We will increase the quantity and quality of habitat for wetland-dependent wildlife on the Sunshine Coast by working with logging contractors and tenure holders to conserve wetlands during forestry operations, and to restore, enhance, and create wetlands in recently logged and fire damaged forests. Lower Mainland
Fisher Artificial Reproductive Den Box Study Habitat Enhancement Fisher are the largest obligate cavity user and use cavities in large diameter den trees for reproductive dens. Suitable trees for reproductive dens are rare in the landscape and impacts due to MPB and fire in many areas of the province have further reduced the availability of this habitat feature. This project will demonstrate the extent that artificial den boxes can be used to augment fisher reproductive denning habitat in areas where natural den trees have been reduced. Thompson - Nicola
Thompson Burn Program Habitat Enhancement The intent of this project will be to reintroduce fire into the low-mid elevation dry forest and grassland ecosystems to restore and improve forage nutrition and availability primarily for mule deer and bighorn sheep. Thompson - Nicola
Boundary Restoration and Enhancement Program Habitat Enhancement This project will improve habitat quality, resiliency and forage availability for ungulates and other native species by restoring or enhancing degraded habitats in a range of ecosystems across the Boundary. This project will build community stewardship and technical capacity through the use of partnerships and local contractors. Kootenays
Improving Mountain Caribou Calf Survival through Maternal Penning in the Revelstoke Area Habitat Enhancement Mountain caribou calf survival remains too low to support population recovery. This project will determine if maternal penning can improve the survival of calves and adults in the Columbia Mountains Ecosystem by protecting them in a secure enclosure for four months until calves are larger and more capable of avoiding predation. If successful, this tool will would help to reduce the rate of decline and increase the size of the Columbia North caribou subpopulation. Kootenays
West Kootenay Mule Deer Habitat Restoration Habitat Enhancement This project will identify important mule deer habitats in the West Kootenay and plan ecosystem restoration activities to improve quality of habitat. Kootenays
Enhancing Wolf Monitoring in the Kootenay Region Habitat Enhancement Work with key stakeholders, First Nations, and contract and provincial biologists to assess cost-effective ways of surveying wolves and compile historical data on wolf population trends. The research will involve a literature review of existing and emerging methods to survey wolves, an assessment of cost-effectiveness for these methods, and stakeholder engagement to develop new citizen-science tools to monitor wolf distribution, abundance, and trends. Kootenays
Restoring Ungulate Habitat Through Clumpy Spacing Habitat Enhancement A clumpy-spacing trial was installed in 1990 to examine habitat enhancement for ungulates through a unique spacing regime of overstocked stands of juvenile trees. This project will evaluate whether clumping spacing enhanced habitat use by ungulates and regionally important wildlife. Cariboo
High Lake Grassland and Open Forest Restoration Pilot Habitat Enhancement This three year project will remove tree encroachment from grasslands and ingrowth from Douglas-fir stands within mule deer winter range in Churn Creek Protected Area. It will evaluate and demonstrate a model for treating more extensive areas within the Protected Area. Cariboo
Ecology of small mammals in post-fire and salvage-logged landscapes Habitat Enhancement Fires and post-fire salvage-logging have unknown but likely significant impacts on small mammals, which are often important prey species for forest carnivores. This project will quantify abundances and distribution of mice and voles, snowshoe hares, and red squirrels in response to these disturbances in a study area where we are conducting concurrent work on marten. Cariboo
The response of caribou terrestrial forage lichens to MPB, forest harvesting and fire in the East Ootsa and Entiako areas Habitat Enhancement This project assesses the effects of MPB, forest harvesting and fire on caribou terrestrial forage lichens on the Tweedsmuir-Entiako caribou winter range by re-measuring permanent sample plots that were established in 2001 and remeasured in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2011 Skeena
Restoring Whitebark Pine Ecosystems to Enhance Subalpine Bear Habitat Habitat Enhancement This project is restoring endangered whitebark pine ecosystems with high habitat value for bears in the southern Skeena Region. In 2017-18 we will plant 6500 rust-free seedlings in two BC Parks and a Community Forest, scope out the 2018 cone crop, stratify & sow 20,000 seeds, and continue capacity-building and outreach. Skeena
Enhancing caribou survival within the Klinse-Za/Scott herds Habitat Enhancement This is year 4 of 5 planned years during which maternal penning will be used as one of several complementary emergency measures implemented to avert extirpation, and eventually recover, the population of caribou known as the Klinse-Za/Scott herds located in the south Peace region of northern British Columbia. Omineca/Peace
Mule Deer Monitoring in the Prince George area Habitat Enhancement Mule deer provide significant hunting opportunities in central BC. However, local observations from hunters have consistently reported declining mule deer numbers in the Prince George area and there is no inventory or trend monitoring to validate these concerns. The Spruce City Wildlife Association is seeking funds to help establish a long-term monitoring program for mule deer within the wildlife management units surrounding Prince George. With support from Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO), bi-annual ground based surveys will be conducted by local hunters/volunteers to document fawn recruitment, sex ratios and buck age classes that will provide key information on population vital rates and trend; such information will help biologists understand how mule deer demographics change seasonally and over time and will facilitate mule deer management. Omineca/Peace
Effects of habitat alteration on caribou forage lichens Habitat Enhancement This project assesses the effects of MPB, logging and prescribed fire on caribou terrestrial forage lichens on the Wolverine and Tweedsmuir-Entiako caribou winter ranges. Previously established permanently marked plots at 3 sites will be re-measured in 2017 and will be combined with data collected at 5 sites in 2016 for analysis. Omineca/Peace
Assessment of habitat alteration on caribou ranges in northern BC Habitat Enhancement The project will assess the current level of habitat alteration on caribou ranges in northern BC using available GIS datasets, and identify information gaps and issues. Omineca/Peace
Forage Response to Prescribed Fire in the Northern Rockies : Implications for Stone's Sheep and elk - 7 Years Later Habitat Enhancement This project will assess the long-term influence of prescribed fire of forage characteristics for Stone's sheep and elk. It will make recommendations to improve the current prescribed burning program relative to effective timing by contrasting the plant and animal immediate responses (1 year after burning) to longer-term responses (7 years post burn). Omineca/Peace
Wolf predation risk to moose in north-central BC Habitat Enhancement This project will investigate seasonal wolf predation risk to moose in two of the provincial moose research project study sites. We will track kill sites of 5 wolf packs in each site by deploying satellite collars and checking location clusters for evidence of prey type killed while also determining space use parameters and resource selection. Omineca/Peace
Testing Approaches to Restore Habitat For Caribou Habitat Enhancement This project will restore caribou habitat by mitigating historic linear features thus providing long term protection for the Klinse-Za population (Moberly and Scott East Herds) and reducing the need for the current emergency maternal penning and predator control strategies which are currently preventing extirpation. Omineca/Peace
Fish and Wildlife Habitat Enhancement in the Omineca Region Habitat Enhancement This collaborative project aims to identify areas for potential habitat enhancement in designated Wildlife Habitat Areas and Fisheries Sensitive Watersheds throughout the Omineca Region. SERN will identify specific sites and then submit HCTF proposals to develop prescriptions and implemented treat treatments where warranted. Omineca/Peace
South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program (SOSCP) Habitat Conservation Delivery Habitat Enhancement This project will establish fish and wildlife habitat conservation and protection measures through a collaborative partnership model. Focus is on coordinating and implementing of Keeping Nature in Our Future: A Biodiversity Conservation Strategy for the South Okanagan Similkameen, local and regional government environmental planning initiatives and leveraging of resources within the South Okanagan Similkameen Region. Okanagan
Determining the value of post-fire landscapes for American marten Habitat Enhancement American marten are important furbearers in BC, but strategies to facilitate marten recovery postfire have not been established. Our proposal addresses marten population and behavioral responses to fire and post-fire salvage logging to identify post-fire management decisions most likely to meet management goals. Okanagan
2018-2019
Got Bats? B.C. Community Outreach, Conservation and Citizen Science Project Habitat Enhancement "Got Bats?" is a network of community bat projects across BC that promotes bat conservation through the detection and protection of bat roosts, education to counter negative attitudes towards bats, installation of bat‐houses, and a province‐wide Citizen Science bat count to engage the public and detect population declines due to White-nose Syndrome and other threats. Implemented by local, established stewardship organizations with direct landowner contacts in each region, the importance of this initiative has been widely recognized by the BC Government and BC Bat Action Team, and support for the program is a high priority action item in the BC Bat Action Plan (BC Bat Action Team, 2016). Provincial (multi-region)
Clarifying problematic distributions and habitat use of amphibians at risk in southwestern British Columbia using environmental DNA methods. Habitat Enhancement This project investigates the distribution of four frog species of conservation concern, focusing primarily on the endangered Oregon Spotted Frog. An accurate understanding of the current distributions is required to support appropriate management and species recovery. Environmental DNA methods will be applied, in collaboration with university partners, to achieve increased survey efficacy and accuracy relative to conventional methods. Provincial (multi-region)
Monitoring and Protecting BC''''s bat diversity prior to White-Nose Syndrome Habitat Enhancement White-nose Syndrome continues to devastate eastern bat populations, and is found in Washington state in the west. We will continue to work with cavers and other citizen scientists to identify critical bat habitat, and establish baseline species diversity and relative abundance -- reference points necessary for future monitoring, surveillance, mitigation, and recovery. Provincial (multi-region)
Determining factors that affect survival of moose in central BC (18-0522) Habitat Enhancement In response to declining moose numbers in central BC, a 5-year Provincially coordinated moose research study was initiated in 2013. This 2-year HCTF project will enable a Postdoctoral Fellow to analyze 5-years of survival of collared cow moose (Dec 2013–Dec 2018) with reference to the landscape-change hypothesis to help inform moose management in BC. Provincial (multi-region)
Rattlesnake populations: Response to land management regimes and historical changes. Habitat Enhancement This project revisits the ecology of populations of Western Rattlesnakes (a species-at-risk) originally studied over 30 years ago. The main questions addressed are (i) how have snake populations changed over 30+ years, and (ii) how do different management regimes affected these changes? Given that data of this type are practically nonexistent, this project will provide important new data for assessing how landscape use and attributes affect these animals. Provincial (multi-region)
Developing a prophylactic probiotic approach for reducing white-nose syndrome severity in bats Habitat Enhancement We will develop a prophylaxis for the prevention of white-nose syndrome. To accomplish this, we will derive a probiotic cocktail from anti-Pd bacteria and fungi naturally found on healthy western bat wings and apply to a large mixed roost of Little Brown and Yuma Myotis bats 200 km from the current WNS infection in Washington State. Bats that receive these inoculations at their maternity building roost will leave to hibernation with an altered wing flora comprised of a greater representation of anti-Pd microbes to delay or prevent Pd growth for a critical portion of the winter, hopefully enabling bats to successfully survive hibernation, and establishing a new method to reduce WNS mortality. Provincial (multi-region)
Effects of human disturbances on female wolverines Habitat Enhancement Understanding if human activities permanently displace female wolverines from otherwise suitable habitat is critical to long-term population sustainability. This large-scale survey will use non-invasive methods to examine distribution and habitat selection of female wolverine in the Columbia Mountains and investigate regional gene-flow patterns. Provincial (multi-region)
Fisher Habitat Conservation - Field Trials and Forestry Training Habitat Enhancement This project strives to increase the ability of foresters and forest workers to improve habitat outcomes for fishers in their operations and inspire them to include habitat needs of fishers in their forest management decisions. Provincial (multi-region)
Determining factors affecting moose population change: assessing calving and survival rates Habitat Enhancement This project will enable new and continued information flow on moose population trends required for management decisions by assessing calf and cow survival rates and calving rates. These demographic parameters are primary drivers of population trend and key research gaps identified from the initial 5-year (2013-2018) Provincial Moose Research Project. Provincial (multi-region)
Estimating Cougar (Puma concolor vancouverensis) Populations on Northern Vancouver Island using DNA mark-recapture techniques Habitat Enhancement This project utilizes DNA-based mark-recapture inventory techniques and closed spatial mark-recapture modelling to create science-based cougar population estimates for Northern Vancouver Island. This project is properly designed, includes partnerships/stakeholders, and is science based, cost-effective and repeatable. Vancouver Island
West Coast Roosevelt Elk Augmentation and Recovery Project Habitat Enhancement The primary objective of this project is to re-establish viable Roosevelt Elk populations in wilderness areas of the West Coast Region while mitigating conflicts through translocation of elk from agricultural areas and along the highways of Vancouver Island, BC. Partnerships with community organizations, stakeholders, industry and First Nations governments, for translocations are key to facilitate recovery of this blue-listed species on Vancouver Island and are proven as instrumental on the mainland coast. Relocated herds will help improve ecosystem function and provide future opportunities for sustenance and recreational uses in new population units. Vancouver Island
Evaluating furbearer populations on southern Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement This collaborative project is using non-invasive survey techniques to evaluate the distribution and abundance of Pacific martens, American minks, and Vancouver Island ermines, on southern Vancouver Island to help trappers and land managers maintain sustainable populations of these species. Vancouver Island
Conservation of Threatened Raptors on the Sunshine Coast Habitat Enhancement We will conduct surveys to identify and assess occupied breeding territories for Western Screech-Owls and Northern Goshawks on the Sunshine Coast, and work with government, First Nations, industry, and landowners to protect these areas. Complementary engagement activities will improve awareness and participation in raptor stewardship activities. Lower Mainland
Improving Wildlife Habitat in Logged and Fire-Damaged Coastal Forests Habitat Enhancement We will increase the quantity and quality of habitat for wetland-dependent wildlife on the Sunshine Coast by working with logging contractors and tenure holders to conserve wetlands during forestry operations, and to restore, enhance, and create wetlands in recently logged and fire-damaged forests. Lower Mainland
Sustaining mesocarnivore populations and habitat in the Lower Mainland watersheds Habitat Enhancement This project will use non-invasive survey techniques to evaluate the distribution, habitat use, and human-caused threats of mesocarnivore populations in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. This information is necessary to help trappers and land managers maintain sustainable populations in the Lower Mainland. Lower Mainland
Wolverine (Gulo gulo) movements, home range and habitat use in a human dominated landscape, South Coast Habitat Enhancement We propose to examine home ranges, seasonal movements, and habitat use of wolverines in the South Coast. While inventories have been completed, further information is needed on movements, home range size, and habitat use in relation to human activities in order to better manage wolverines in a multiple use landscape. This proposal builds on the inventory and distribution data collected in HCTF Projects 2-519 and 2-600, and will help expand the pilot collaring study we will begin in February 2017. Lower Mainland
Improving Goshawk conservation by addressing knowledge-gaps in the South Coast Habitat Enhancement To investigate the efficacy of new telemetry technologies for addressing knowledge-gaps identified in the recovery strategy. Advancing our understanding of how Goshawks interact with their habitat will help enable us to implement meaningful conservation measures that address current threats to populations in the south coast region. Lower Mainland
Fisher Artificial Reproductive Den Box Study Habitat Enhancement Fisher are the largest obligate cavity user and use cavities in large diameter den trees for reproductive dens. Suitable trees for reproductive dens are rare in the landscape and impacts due to MPB and fire in many areas of the province have further reduced the availability of this habitat feature. This project will demonstrate the extent that artificial den boxes can be used to augment fisher reproductive denning habitat in areas where natural den trees have been reduced. Thompson - Nicola
Thompson Region Bighorn Sheep Collaring Project Habitat Enhancement This project aims to collar 30-33 bighorn sheep rams from different herds in the Thompson region to better quantify connectivity of Thompson bighorn sheep herds, as well as clarify core home range use, summer and winter range migration timing and movement rates and ram foray patterns. The project will also develop a herd health baseline dataset from biological samples from individuals in each herd. Thompson - Nicola
Boundary Restoration and Enhancement Program Habitat Enhancement This project will improve habitat quality, resiliency and forage availability for ungulates and other native species by restoring or enhancing degraded habitats in a range of ecosystems across the Boundary. This project will build community stewardship and technical capacity through the use of partnerships and local contractors. Kootenays
Kootenay Mule Deer Survival Monitoring Habitat Enhancement This project will assess factors limiting mule deer population growth in 4 study areas in the Kootenay Region by monitoring adult female survival, cause of death and fawn recruitment. Kootenays
Elk Valley Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep Inventory Habitat Enhancement To monitor the population health and status of bighorn sheep along the east side of the Elk Valley. To provide data regarding habitat use and distribution to improve management of bighorn sheep.  Kootenays
West Kootenay Mule Deer Habitat Restoration Habitat Enhancement This project will identify important mule deer habitats in the West Kootenay and plan ecosystem restoration activities to improve quality of habitat. Kootenays
Bull River Bighorn Sheep: Herd Health and Movement Dynamics Habitat Enhancement This will be the third and final year for this project. A total of 15 GPS collars have been deployed with 1 mortality. This year we will compile and analyze 2 years of GPS collar data and compile herd health sampling results. A final report will be available at the end of the 2018-19 project year, unless more collars are deployed during the winter of 2017-18. There has been some uncertainty in the population estimate of the Bull River bighorn sheep with survey flights in 2017 (prior to collaring) indicating a 40% population decline. We may deploy up to 5 more collars during 2017-18 winter if new survey data suggests a larger population in order to sample a minimum of 17% of the herd. Kootenays
Invasive plant management on bighorn sheep winter ranges Habitat Enhancement This will be the third and final year for this project. A total of 15 GPS collars have been deployed with 1 mortality. This year we will compile and analyze 2 years of GPS collar data and compile herd health sampling results. A final report will be available at the end of the 2018-19 project year, unless more collars are deployed during the winter of 2017-18. There has been some uncertainty in the population estimate of the Bull River bighorn sheep with survey flights in 2017 (prior to collaring) indicating a 40% population decline. We may deploy up to 5 more collars during 2017-18 winter if new survey data suggests a larger population in order to sample a minimum of 17% of the herd. Kootenays
Longevity of Woody Debris Habitat Structures for Prey Species of Furbearers: Ghost-towns or Viable Habitat? Habitat Enhancement Piles and windrows of woody debris on new clear-cuts provide corridors to assist marten, small weasels, and some larger carnivores to cross forest openings. Small mammal prey species are also enhanced in these structures. We ask if these responses of prey species are maintained at 11-12 years after these restoration habitats were constructed. Kootenays
Diversifying MPB Clear-cuts for Small Mustelids: Green-tree Retention, Debris Piles, and Enhanced Riparian Habitats. Habitat Enhancement Restoration of wildlife habitat with combined habitat components after clear-cut harvesting of MPB-killed lodgepole pine stands. Three methods of habitat enhancement for small mustelids and their prey species to diversify clear-cuts include (1) green-tree retention, (2) woody debris piles, and (3) enhanced riparian zones. Kootenays
Predicting grizzly bear foods – Huckleberries across the Kootenays Habitat Enhancement This project will expand our previous project that accurately predicted grizzly bears’ most important regional food resource – huckleberries - across most of the Kootenay region. Between 2013-2016 we developed an accurate predictive model for huckleberry patches-important-to-grizzly-bears in the south Selkirk and Purcell Mts. This project will expand that model into the east and north Kootenays, the Central Purcell and Selkirks, the Valhalla, and Granby regions. Our huckleberry patch model is already being used by resource managers to plan timber harvest and protect important berry patches through access controls. There is a strong demand for this model to be expanded regionally for these same purposes. Kootenays
Quantify rates and mechanisms of grizzly bear mortality Habitat Enhancement Use radio telemetry to identify the rates and causes of bear mortality (reported and unreported) in a population of bears facing one of the highest human-caused mortality rates in the province. Currently, the degree of under-reporting is unknown and suspected to be high, and these uncertainties compromise science-based management of grizzly bears locally and provincially. This project builds on a large body of research and previously collected data to provide recommendations for pressing management concerns and to engage the community in grizzly bear conservation. Kootenays
Enhancing wolf monitoring with bioacoustics in the East Kootenays. Habitat Enhancement The project objective is to develop a cost‐effective survey method to measure wolf abundance and trend in the Kootenay-Boundary Region by assessing the effectiveness of bioacoustics and comparing it with established methods, such as camera-trap based occupancy. Kootenays
Quantifying and enhancing pest services provided by bats to the BC Timber Industry Habitat Enhancement This project focuses on scoping methods and costs to enhance and quantify pest services provided by bats to the forest industry. The project's goals include: (1) Identifying the pest services provided by bats to the forest industry and (2) Testing new enhancement methods that could be used by the forest industry to re-establish bat roosts where roosts are limiting or have been impacted by forest practices.  Kootenays
Maintenance of Furbearers and Prey Species on Large Clear-cut Openings Using Linear Piles of Woody Debris Habitat Enhancement This proposal is designed to investigate the responses of small mustelids and their prey species to piles of woody debris arranged in a linear configuration across large (50+ ha) clear-cut openings. Presence of these mammals in piles will indicate that these structures are effective as habitat in large clear-cut openings. Kootenays
Monitoring white-tailed deer to support adaptive caribou management Habitat Enhancement The majority of caribou herds in western Canada are declining, largely due to increased predator abundance supported by invading moose and white-tailed deer. Our project will evaluate factors influencing white-tailed deer populations to support mountain caribou management decisions. Kootenays
Restoring Ungulate Habitat Through Clumpy Spacing Habitat Enhancement A clumpy-spacing trial was installed in 1990 to examine habitat enhancement for ungulates (deer winter range) through a unique spacing regime of overstocked stands of juvenile trees. This project will evaluate whether clumping spacing enhanced habitat use by ungulates and regionally-important wildlife. Cariboo
Ecology of small mammals in post-fire and salvage-logged landscapes Habitat Enhancement Fires and post-fire salvage-logging have unknown but likely significant impacts on small mammals, which are important prey species for forest carnivores. This project will quantify abundances and distribution of mice and voles, snowshoe hares, and red squirrels in response to these disturbances west of Williams Lake, where we are conducting concurrent work on marten. Cariboo
Recreation and land use impacts on South Chilcotin Mountains wildlife Habitat Enhancement We will use camera trapping and advanced statistical analyses to untangle the relative impacts of environmental factors and human activities on the distribution and abundance of key wildlife species (e.g., grizzly bears, mountain goats). The results will help managers and stakeholders assess how human activities impact the area's wildlife. Cariboo
Sheep Flats Ecosystem Restoration Habitat Enhancement This one year project will restore important California Bighorn Sheep habitat in Churn Creek Protected Area by removing tree encroachment and ingrowth from Sheep Flats grasslands and forests.  Cariboo
Assessing cougar density in The Cariboo Region through non-invasive survey techniques Habitat Enhancement A mark-recapture DNA science-based project utilizing closed spatial mark-recapture modelling to estimate cougar population densities in a study area of region 5. This project will incorporate a citizen science component for estimating cougar populations by including stakeholders. Cariboo
Restoring Whitebark Pine Ecosystems to Enhance Subalpine Bear Habitat Habitat Enhancement This is yr 2 in the 2nd 5-yr cycle of a multiparter project to restore endangered whitebark pine ecosystems with high value for bears in the southern Skeena Region. 2018-19 plans include (1) a major seed collection; (2) stratifying >20000 seeds (3) rust-resistance screening; (4) monitoring 2017 plantings; and (4) capacity-building and outreach. Skeena
Moose Fund: Skeena Moose Enhancement Project Habitat Enhancement 2018/2019: The second year of the Skeena Moose Enhancement Project will consist of developing a moose habitat enhancement manual that provides a comprehensive evaluation of enhancement options available with detailed descriptions of the techniques including planning, implementation and monitoring phases. Skeena
Moose Winter Range Willow Browse Enhancement Habitat Enhancement Mature willow felling/hinging to promote moose forage production. Skeena
Assessing Impact on Moose Winter Habitat by Poplar and Willow Borer Habitat Enhancement The extent of the poplar and willow borer infestation in BC has not been assessed since 1999 and implications on moose habitat have not been investigated despite the overlap with declining moose populations over the past decade. This project will examine the current distribution of the poplar and willow borer and the species'' impact to moose winter habitat in the Skeena Region. Skeena
Enhancing caribou survival within the Klinse-Za/Scott herds Habitat Enhancement This will be Year 5 of 5 planned years during which maternal penning will be used as one of several complementary emergency measures implemented to avert extirpation, and eventually recover, the population of caribou known as the Klinse-Za/Scott herds located in the south Peace region of northern British Columbia. Omineca/Peace
Wolf predation risk to moose in north-central BC Habitat Enhancement This project would investigate seasonal wolf predation risk to moose in two of the provincial moose research project study sites. We would track kill sites of up to 10 wolf packs in each site by deploying satellite collars and checking location clusters for evidence and type of prey killed, while also determining space use parameters and resource selection. Omineca/Peace
Chase Caribou Herd Response to Extensive Habitat Alterations - Year 2 Habitat Enhancement This project will assess the potential impacts of recent large-scale habitat alterations caused by damaged forests (wildfire and mountain pine beetle) on the population stability of the Chase caribou herd. We will contrast current population parameters (i.e., seasonal range use, habitat use/selection, mortality causes, and calf recruitment) to population parameters of the herd prior to recent disturbance. Omineca/Peace
Boreal Caribou Habitat Restoration in the Liard River Basin Habitat Enhancement This project builds on Fort Nelson First Nation's 2017 Boreal Caribou Action Plan to identify high priority areas for habitat restoration in the Liard River basin, an area which includes four of the five identified boreal caribou ranges in British Columbia. A detailed restoration plan, including site-specific prescriptions, will developed for one of these areas. Implementation in a pilot area (up to 1,000 ha), is targeted for 2019. The result of this work will be ongoing active restoration of the legacy industry footprint in boreal caribou habitat in the Liard Basin, and ongoing monitoring to determine how effective this work is for reversing boreal caribou population declines. Omineca/Peace
KlinseZa/Scott East Caribou Maternal Pen Health Evaluation Habitat Enhancement The Klinse-Za maternal penning project helped reverse the population decline in the herd. However, capturing and penning wild caribou has direct and indirect health consequences and little is known of their health overall. In this project, we propose to evaluate the baseline health characteristics of this herd, as well as identify positive and negative health effects of penning, across four key parameters: disease, stress, body condition, and diet. Omineca/Peace
Sharp-tailed Grouse Population and Lek Habitat Monitoring Habitat Enhancement This project will re-initiate the monitoring of sharp-tailed grouse populations in the North, and will quantify habitat characteristics of lek sites. Results of this project will contribute to management of the species and provide guidance to industrial proponents to minimize impacts to sharp-tailed grouse. Omineca/Peace
Determining the value of post-fire landscapes for American marten Habitat Enhancement American marten are important furbearers in BC, but strategies to facilitate marten recovery post-fire have not been established. Our proposal addresses marten population and behavioral responses to fire and post-fire salvage- logging to identify post-fire management decisions most likely to meet management goals. Okanagan
Mule deer response to wildfire and habitat in southern British Columbia Habitat Enhancement Identify the effect of wildfire on mule deer habitat selection and population growth in the Boundary Region, West Okanagan, and Bonaparte Plateau areas of British Columbia, and provide management tools and recommendations to increase mule deer abundance. Okanagan

Project Updates


West Coast Roosevelt Elk Augmentation and Recovery Project

Translocated elk leave the truck in the Phelps Elk Population Unit on Vancouver Island as part of a project re-establishing elk on northern Vancouver Island.

West Coast Roosevelt Elk Augmentation and Recovery Project

Fisher Artificial Reproductive Den Box Study

Biologist Larry Davis inspects one of the den boxes installed as part of the Fisher Artificial Reproductive Den Box Study.

Fisher Artificial Reproductive Den Box Study

High Lake Grassland and Open Forest Restoration Pilot

The High Lake Grassland and Open Forest Restoration Pilot aims to restore approximately 80 ha of mixed open grassland and open forest habitats degraded by tree encroachment and ingrowth in the Churn Creek Protected Area.

High Lake Grassland and Open Forest Restoration Pilot

Restoring Whitebark Pine Ecosystems to Enhance Subalpine Bear Habitat

In the South Skeena region, FESBC is co-funding a project to restore endangered whitebark pine ecosystems, which are of high value to grizzly bear and birds such as Clark’s Nutcracker.

Restoring Whitebark Pine Ecosystems to Enhance Subalpine Bear Habitat

Enhancing Caribou Survival Within the Klinse-Za/Scott herds

Caribou calves from the Klinse-Za/Scott herds are protected in maternal pens for the short period when they are highly vulnerable to predation.

Enhancing Caribou Survival Within the Klinse-Za/Scott herds

South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program (SOSCP) Habitat Conservation Delivery

The South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program is a partnership of 50 non-profit organizations, First Nations organizations, and government working together to conserve nature for South Okanagan and Similkameen communities.

South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program (SOSCP) Habitat Conservation Delivery

Slocan Integral Forestry Cooperative

Slocan Integral Forestry Cooperative Board members and employees installing signage at a recently completed FESBC-funded fuel management project to reduce wildfire risk to the local community.

Slocan Project Staff

Nazko Wildfire Risk Reduction Project

FESBC Board member Jim Snetsinger, FESBC and FLNRO staff and the Nazko Economic Development Corporation CEO, Kevin Ainsworth. The group was enjoying a warm-up coffee during a field trip on February 6, 2017 to review the FESBC fuel management treatment near the community of Nazko in the Quesnel Natural Resource District. A bright, but chilly, day in the Cariboo Chilcotin – a perfect day for viewing the Nazko Logging Ltd. crew in action.

Nazko Wildfire Risk Reduction Project

FESBC Board member, Jim Snetsinger discussing the operations with Nazko Economic Development Corporation CEO, Kevin Ainsworth. Nazko Logging Ltd. was actively removing and merchandising dead pine as part of the fuel management treatments being designed to protect local communities from the risks of wildfire.

Nazko Wildfire Risk Reduction Project