Projects

Projects funded by FESBC help minimize wildfire risk, enhance wildlife habitat, improve low-value forests, re-plant damaged forests, and utilize fibre that would otherwise be burned. Many of these projects contain carbon benefits which help to mitigate climate change.

Quick Facts

3.5M

Cubic meters of Forest Fibre Utilized that
would otherwise have been burned

32%

Projects funded led by or have First Nations participation
(81 projects - $73M)

$324M

Economic activity generated

2,100

FTE jobs created

Projects List


Project Title Project Proponent Society Purpose Full Proposal Description Closest Community
Multi-regional Projects
Cariboo Wildfire Forest Carbon Reforestation Office Of the Chief Forester-FLNRORD Forest Carbon Planning, mapping, surveying, and planting trees in areas impacted by 2017 wildfires where there are no pre-existing requirements to reforest. 100 Mile House, Williams Lake, Quesnel, Prince George, Kamloops
Provincial Forest Carbon Reforestation Project Office Of the Chief Forester-FLNRORD Forest Carbon Planning, mapping, surveying, and tree planting in priority reforestation areas, as identified within the Province's ongoing regional Integrated Investment planning. Provincial
Multiple seedlots to increase carbon sequestration FLNRORD - Forest Improvement and Research Management 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
Work Plan for Provincial Foliar Sampling Database Weyerhaeuser Company Limited 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
Forest Carbon Fertilization Project FLNRORD-Forest Carbon Initiative Forest Carbon Forest Fertilization to increase carbon sequestration and timber value and yield. Additionally, surveys to determine areas for fertilization in 2019 and 2020. Various
Biomass Utilization Ledcor Forest Products Partnership Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic fibre to a bioenergy facilities to avoid pile burning emissions. Various
Pulp purchases outside of economical cycle Ledcor Forest Products Partnership Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic wood to Ledcor's cant (pallet wood) mill to avoid pile burning emissions. Various
Planning for reforestation and rehabilitation in future climates University of British Columbia 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
Innovative forest harvesting and renewal treatments Skyline Forestry Consultants Ltd Forest Carbon 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
Elevating Carbon Stewardship at the Block Level Westland Resources Limited 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
Improved Volume and Carbon Decision Support for FLNRORD University of British Columbia 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. Provincial
2017 FCI Survey Project FLNROD - Forest Carbon Initiative 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 bioenergy production. Various
Trucking White Wood for Pellet Conversion Terrace Community Forest LLP Forest Carbon Grinding and transporting of uneconomic residual fibre in waste piles to pellet facility in Burns Lake to avoid pile burning emissions. Terrace
Canfor Pulp - Utilization of Residual Fibre Canfor - Prince George Pulp and Paper Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic wood to a local pulp mill to avoid pile burning emissions. Prince George
HCTF Habitat Improvement Projects FESBC Habitat Enhancement Co-funded projects between HCTF and FESBC that are primarily focused on improving forested wildlife habitat. Various
Supporting Range-wide Whitebark Pine Regeneration Yellow Point Propagation Stand Rehabilitation Work to support regeneration of the endangered whitebark pine consisting of stand and cone surveys, cone collection, seedling planting, and reporting. Various
Evaluating the effectiveness of overstory removal FPInnovations Stand Rehabilitation A pilot project to demonstrate innovative strategies for rehabilitating mountain pine beetle-killed (MPB-killed) stands. Overstory removal treatments will be compared to evaluate their costs and effectiveness in preparing MPB-killed sites for regeneration. Various
Wildfire Risk Analysis FIRS #8350001 Federation of BC Woodlot Associations Wildfire Risk Reduction Analyzing provincial wildfire threat mapping to render threat class by woodlot, both inside and outside of community wildland-urban interface boundaries. Various
Burning questions:reducing risks and ensuring retu Evelyn Hamilton 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. Various
FES FN Service Delivery Model Pilot First Nations' Emergency Services of BC Wildfire Risk Reduction First nations engagement for wildfire risk reduction planning. Various
UBCM SWPI Co-Funded Fuel Management Projects FESBC Wildfire Risk Reduction Wildfire fuel management treatments. Windermere
Kootenay FireSmart Initiative FESBC Wildfire Risk Reduction Community FireSmart education. Various
Project Title Project Proponent Society Purpose Full Proposal Description Closest Community
Cariboo Region
Fibre Utilization and Recovery in the Chilcotin Tsi Del Del Enterprises Ltd. Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic wood to be chipped at a pulp wood facility to avoid pile burning emissions. Alexis Creek
Alkali Logging Debris Chipping and Hauling Alkali Resource Management Ltd. Forest Carbon Chip logging debris for markets in Williams Lake. Alkali Lake
West Chilcotin FP - Expedited fibre Recovery Cost West Chilcotin Forest Products Ltd. Forest Carbon Utilization of uneconomic wood to avoid pile burning emissions and to boost local economies and coastal pulp mill facilities. Anahim Lake
WCFP fibre Recovery Cost Differential - 2019-20 West Chilcotin Forest Products Ltd. Forest Carbon Utilization of uneconomic wood to avoid pile burning emissions and to boost local economies and coastal pulp mill facilities. Alexis Creek
Barkerville Fuel Grinding Project Barkerville Historic Town & Park governed by The Barkerville Heritage Trust Forest Carbon Grinding and transporting of uneconomic fibre to a local pulp mill to avoid pile burning emissions Barkerville
Fibre Utilization in the Cariboo Region Central Chilcotin Rehabilitation Ltd. Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic residual wood to pulp mills, pellet plant and power plant to avoid pile burning emissions. Williams Lake
Fibre Utilization and Recovery- 100 Mile House BC Cariboo Pulp & Paper Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic wood to a local pulp mill to avoid pile burning emissions. 100 Mile House
Fibre Utilization and Recovery- Quesnel Cariboo Pulp & Paper Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic wood to a local pulp mill to avoid pile burning emissions. Quesnel
Nazko Pulp RPP Holdings Inc. Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic wood to Cariboo Pulp in Quesnel to avoid pile burning emissions. Quesnel
Hog Fuel Recovery in the Williams Lake Market Area Williams Lake Indian Band Forest Carbon Grinding and transporting of uneconomic fibre to a local pulp mill to avoid pile burning emissions Williams Lake
Williams Lake Power Plant 2019 Atlantic Power (Williams Lake) Ltd Forest Carbon Grinding and transporting of uneconomic fibre to a local power plant to avoid pile burning emissions Williams Lake
Alkali Logging Debris Chipping and Hauling Alkali Resource Management Ltd. Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic residual wood to pulp mills, pellet plant and power plant to avoid pile burning emissions. Alkali Lake
Feasibility of a centralized sortyard system for FPInnovations Fibre Recovery 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 District's ability to rehabilitate low value/uneconomic mountain pine beetle-killed stands Quesnel
Forest Residual Grinding Pilot Quesnel Pacific BioEnergy 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. Quesnel
Road Rehabilitation in the Chilcotin Terraforma Environmental Ltd 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 increase operational knowledge of road rehabilitation techniques. Alexis Creek
Esketemc Mule Deer Habitat Restoration Alkali Resource Management Ltd. Habitat Enhancement Surveys, planning, and prescriptions for mule deer winter range habitat improvement in the Esk'etemc community forest and First Nation Woodland License. Alkali lake
Mule Deer Winter Range Restoration Alkali Resource Management Ltd. Habitat Enhancement Surveying, mapping, and prescriptions for 500 hectares of mule deer winter range restoration. Alkali lake
Fdi Density Spacing - Flatrock Williams Lake Community Forest LP 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
CCR Douglas-fir Fire Rehabilitation Central Chilcotin Rehabilitation Ltd. Stand Rehabilitation 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. Alexis Creek
Pre-commercial Thinning of Drybelt Fir UBC Stand Rehabilitation Thinning to increase tree growing space and volume, and to improve overall stand health. Williams Lake
Hanceville Fire Rehab Elhdaqox Developments ltd 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. Hanceville
Nazbec Quesnel Rehab NAZBEC Limited Partnership Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic fibre for utilization at pellet plant in Prince George to avoid pile burning emissions and create employment Quesnel
Nazko Burnt Pine Salvage C&C Wood Products Ltd. Stand Rehabilitation Planning and harvesting of salvageable burnt timber from the 2017 Plateau complex fire and surrounding mountain pine beetle-killed lodgepole pine. Nazko
Nazbec Development and grinding - Rehabilitation NAZBEC Limited Partnership Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic fibre for utilization at pellet plant in Prince George to avoid pile burning emissions and create employment Quesnel
ACFN/Tl’etinqox MPB Rehabilitation and Wildfire Risk Reduction Central Chilcotin Rehabilitation Ltd. 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. Various
Esk'etemc Wildfire Risk Management Alkali Resource Management Ltd. Wildfire Risk Reduction Treatments to reduce wildfire risk and enhance wildlife habitat in line with the Esk’etemc Community Wildfire Protection Plan. Alkali Lake, Springhouse, Frost Creek, Chimney + Felker Lakes and 140 mile
Ground truth of Alkali Lake Fuel Treatment Areas Alkali Resource Management Ltd. Wildfire Risk Reduction Surveying areas identified in the Cariboo-Chilcotin Natural Resource District Landscape Fire Management Plan to determine fuel management treatments. Alkali Lake
CCR - Fire Hazard Reduction/Rehab Central Chilcotin Rehabilitation Ltd. Wildfire Risk Reduction Harvesting to reduce wildfire risk with a special focus on low value stands to improve forest productivity. Alexis Creek
?Esdilagh Approved Primary Fuel Breaks ?Esdilagh Development Corporation Ltd. Wildfire Risk Reduction Planning, layout, and treatments for wildfire fuel breaks to reduce wildfire threat to the community of ?Esdilagh. Alexandria
Landscape Level Fuel Treatment Williams Lake Community Forest LP 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 bioenergy facility. Williams Lake
South Canim Fire Management Planning Canim Lake Indian Band Wildfire Risk Reduction Development of a landscape-level plan for fuel breaks and fuel management. Canim Lake
Eniyud CF Tatla Lake Wildfire Fuel Treatment Plan Eniyud Community Forest Ltd. Wildfire Risk Reduction Prescriptions for wildfire fuel identified in the Tatla Lake Landscape Fire Management Plan. Tatla Lake
Meadow Lake/Lac La Hache Wildfire Mitigation/Rehab Zanzibar Holdings Ltd 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. Lac La Hache and Meadow Lake
Quesnel Fire Fuel Treatment C&C Wood Products Ltd. Wildfire Risk Reduction Planning, prescription and treatment work focused on City of Quesnel Community Wildfire Protection Plan priorities Quesnel
Nazko Mountain Pine Beetle Rehabilitation - Year 2 NAZBEC Limited Partnership Wildfire Risk Reduction Expansion of the Nazko Wildfire Hazard Treatment project area. Nazko
Borland Valley Fuel Management Treatment FLNRORD Cariboo Region Wildfire Risk Reduction Reducing forest density and removing ladder and fine fuels to decrease wildfire risk. 150 Mile House
Barkerville Historic Town Wildfire Fuel Treatment Barkerville Historic Town & Park governed by The Barkerville Heritage Trust Wildfire Risk Reduction Construction of a wildfire fuel break aligned with the Barkerville Community Wildfire Protection Plan. Barkerville
100 CF K2W Fire Mitigation Action Plan 100 Mile Development Corporation Wildfire Risk Reduction Planning, mapping, and treatments for wildfire fuel break construction. District of 100 Mile House Community Forest
Woodlot 577 Fire Mitigation Action Plan District of 100 Mile House Wildfire Risk Reduction Assessing, planning, mapping, and prescriptions for wildfire fuel break construction. 100 Mile House
Clinton Landscape Level Fire Mitigation Clinton and District Community Forest of BC Ltd. Wildfire Risk Reduction Surveys, prescriptions, and treatment to create a wildfire fuel break. Clinton
Wildfire risk reduction on Cariboo woodlot licence Cariboo Woodlot Association Wildfire Risk Reduction Implementation of fuel management projects on selected priority woodlots Williams Lake
ARM Corridor Hazard Reduction Alkali Resource Management Ltd. Wildfire Risk Reduction Creating a safer egress route in the case of wildfires for Esk'etemc community and other local residents along the Dog Creek Road. Alkali Lake
WLCF Landscape Level Fuel Break Williams Lake Community Forest LP Wildfire Risk Reduction Creating a fuel break along and adjacent to a large power line within the Williams Lake Community Forest. Williams Lake
Fox Mountain Fire Abatement Project Celtic Engineering Ltd. Wildfire Risk Reduction Wildfire Risk Reduction - prescriptions and treatment on high priority polygons north adjacent to Williams Lake Alexis Creek
Barkerville Historic Town Wildfire Fuel Treatment Barkerville Historic Town & Park governed by The Barkerville Heritage Trust Wildfire Risk Reduction Wildfire Risk Reduction prescription development and treatment activities on priority polygons adjacent to Barkerville Wells
Wildfire Risk Reduction on Woodlot Licence 1413 A.J. Waters and Associates Inc. Wildfire Risk Reduction Wildfire Risk reduction prescriptions and treatment on WL adjacent to key access corridor Quesnel
Big Bar Wildfire Risk Reduction Zanzibar Holdings Ltd Wildfire Risk Reduction Wildfire Risk reduction prescriptions and treatment on priority polygons adjacent to Big Bar lake rural subdivision Clinton
Phase 2 - Anahim Fuel Break construction West Fraser Mills Ltd Wildfire Risk Reduction Primary Fuel Break - Wildfire Risk Reduction  Treatment to help protect Anahim Lake Community Anahim Lake
FES 293 - WR Extension - 2019 to 2021 100 Mile Development Corporation Wildfire Risk Reduction Planning, prescriptions and treatments of priority interface fuel management polygons within the 100 Mile Community Forest 100 Mile House
Lac La Hache Wildfire Mitigation Zanzibar Holdings Ltd Wildfire Risk Reduction Planning, prescriptions and treatments of priority interface fuel management polygons East of Hwy 97 north of Lac La Hache community 100 Mile House
South Canim Lake Fuel Management Canim Lake Indian Band Wildfire Risk Reduction Planning, prescriptions and treatments of priority interface fuel management polygons adjacent to Canim Lake Indian Band and private land Canim Lake
FES WR0394 Continuation 100 Mile Development Corporation Wildfire Risk Reduction Operational fuel management treatment on priority interface fuel mgmt polygon adjacent to Ranchette subdivision 100 Mile House
Quesnel CWPP Implementation The City of Quesnel Wildfire Risk Reduction Planning, prescription and treatment work focused on City of Quesnel Community Wildfire Protection Plan priorities Quesnel
?Esdilagh Fire Prevention & Mitigation Project ?Esdilagh Development Corporation Ltd. Wildfire Risk Reduction Ground truthing and treatment of areas outside of the wildland-urban interface to reduce wildfire threat to the community of ?Esdilagh. Alexandria
Anahim Lake Fuel Break West Fraser Mills Ltd Wildfire Risk Reduction Establishment of a primary fuel break to reduce wildfire risk to the communities of Anahim Lake and Nimpo Lake. Anahim Lake
Ground-truthing and Prescription Development of H Cariboo Woodlot Association 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. Various
Nazko - Pine treatment and fire hazard reduction - Nazko Logging Ltd. Partnership Wildfire Risk Reduction 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. Nazko
Borland Valley Operational Fuel Treatment Project B.A. Blackwell & Associates Ltd. Wildfire Risk Reduction Removal of trees and vegetation for the Borland Valley wildfire fuel break. 150 Mile House
Fuel Prescription Pilot - Borland Valley - FIRS 8 B.A. Blackwell & Associates Ltd. Wildfire Risk Reduction Development of prescriptions for a large-scale Borland Valley wildfire fuel break. 150 Mile House
Landscape-Level Fuel Break Pilot WL Community Forest LP Wildfire Risk Reduction Planning, prescriptions and treatments for a wildfire fuel break in the Williams Lake Community Forest. Williams Lake
Wildfire mitigation - Bark Beetle - FORS 8256002 WL Community Forest LP 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. Williams Lake
Fuel Reduction Around FN Communities - 1) Fuel Man Nazko Logging Ltd. Partnership Wildfire Risk Reduction Wildfire risk reduction through planning, prescriptions, and treatments to restore mountain pine beetle damaged stands. Nazko and Kluskus
Nazko Mountain Pine Beetle Rehabilitation NAZBEC Limited Partnership Wildfire Risk Reduction Planning and harvesting of heavily damaged mountain pine beetle stands to improve forest health and productivity. Nazko
Project Title Project Proponent Society Purpose Full Proposal Description Closest Community
Kootenay Boundary Region
Full Forest Utilization - Kootenay/Okanagan Region Zellstoff Celgar LP Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic fibre to a local pulp mill to avoid pile burning emissions. Castlegar
Skookumchuck Pulp Bush Grinding Program Skookumchuck Pulp Inc. Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic wood to a local pulp mill to avoid pile burning emissions. Skookumchuck
Fibre Utilization Kalesnikoff Lumber Co. Ltd. Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic wood to a local pulp mill to avoid pile burning emissions. Castlegar
Fibre Utilization - CP 410 - Laird Creek Cooper Creek Cedar Ltd Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic wood to a local pulp mill to avoid pile burning emissions. Balfour
Nakusp WUI Fuel Management - Unit 2 Nakusp and Area Community Forest - NACFOR Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic residual fibre to Mercer Celgar pulp mill in Castlegar to avoid pile burning emissions. Nakusp
Harrop incremental haul Harrop-Procter Community Co-operative Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic residual fibre to Mercer Celgar pulp mill in Castlegar to avoid pile burning emissions. Harrop
2020 Utilization project Stella-Jones Inc Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic residual fibre to Domtar's pulp mill in Kamloops to avoid pile burning emissions. Revelstoke
Skookumchuck Pulp - Economic Sphere Assistance Skookumchuck Pulp Inc. Forest Carbon To bring pulp wood that is outside of the economic sphere of Skookumchuck Pulp’s supply area to their pulp mill. Skookumchuk
Fibre Recovery in Baker Mt Road Area BCTS Kootenay Business 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 Cranbrook
Run Glading Fibre Recovery Red Mountain Resort Fibre Recovery Utilization of residual fibre resulting from run glading that would have been normally disposed of by burning. Rossland
Feasibility Analysis of Intensive Fibre Recovery City of Cranbrook Fibre Recovery 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. Cranbrook
Westview Estates - FIRS #8351001 Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society Habitat Enhancement Tree removal and limbing to decrease fire hazard and increase forest floor productivity. Cranbrook
Implementation of Landscape Level WUI Slocan Plan Slocan Integral Forestry Cooperative (SIFCO) Wildfire Risk Reduction Wildfire fuel break implementation as identified in the Slocan Valley Landscape Level Wildfire Protection Plan Slocan
Dry Gulch Forest Management Wildlands Eco-Forestry Inc Wildfire Risk Reduction Tree removal and pruning to reduce wildfire risk as identified in the Shuswap Indian Band's Community Wildfire Protection Plan. Invermere and Radium Hot Springs
Collaborative Planning Regional District of Central Kootenay 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 Various
Selous Creek Prescription Regional District of Central Kootenay Wildfire Risk Reduction Development of a community wildfire protection prescription for the Selous Creek Treatment Unit supported by the Regional District of Central Kootenay's and the City of Nelson's Community Wildfire Protection Plans. Nelson
Champion Lakes Park Forest Fuels Management BC Parks - Kootenay 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. Genelle
KDCFS Wildfire Protection Plan Kaslo and District Community Forest Society 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 Regional District of Central Kootenay Wildfire Risk Reduction Development of a community wildfire protection prescription for the community of Queens Bay. Queens Bay
West Arm Park Fuel Reduction BC Parks - Kootenay Wildfire Risk Reduction Wildfire fuel management treatments to create a landscape level fuel break and reduce fuel loads. Harrop
Arrow Mtn. Fuel Reduction Creston Valley Forest Corporation Wildfire Risk Reduction Reducing forest fuels to reduce the risk of wildfires to the community of Creston. Creston
Operational Fuel Treatment Akisqnuk First Nation Wildfire Risk Reduction Reducing forest fuels to reduce the risk of wildfires to the Akisqnuk Reserve near Windermere and Fairmont Hot Springs. Fairmont Hot Springs
Jewel Lake Fuel Mitigation Project West Boundary Community Forest Wildfire Risk Reduction Reducing forest fuels to reduce the risk of wildfires to the residents and visitors to Jewel Lake. Greenwood
Midway Fire Risk Reduction Project West Boundary Community Forest Wildfire Risk Reduction Reducing forest fuels to reduce the risk of wildfires to the community of Midway. Midway
Procter Fuel Treatment implementation Harrop-Procter Community Co-operative Wildfire Risk Reduction Reducing forest fuels to reduce the risk of wildfires to the community of Procter. Nelson
Nakusp WUI Fuel Management Nakusp and Area Community Forest - NACFOR Wildfire Risk Reduction Reducing forest fuels to reduce the risk of wildfires near to the community of Nakusp. Nakusp
Forest Fuel Reduction Proposal Glade and Rover Kalesnikoff Lumber Co. Ltd. Wildfire Risk Reduction Reduction of forest fuels in an area logged near the community of Glade. Castlegar
Selous Creek Implementation Regional District of Central Kootenay Wildfire Risk Reduction Reduction of forest fuels in an area to be logged near the community of Nelson and identified as a high risk to be impacted from wildfire in the RDCK Community Wildfire Protection Plan. Nelson
Queens Bay Implementation Regional District of Central Kootenay Wildfire Risk Reduction Reduction of forest fuels in an area to be logged near the community of Queens Bay and identified as a high risk to be impacted from wildfire in the RDCK Community Wildfire Protection Plan. Balfour
Baynes Lake Cemetery Pasture Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society Wildfire Risk Reduction Forest fuel reduction on area adjacent to the community of Baynes Lake in conjunction with a ecosystem restoration project for improving wildlife habitat. Elko
Fuel Reduction on BCTS areas - BCTS Kootenay Business Area Wildfire Risk Reduction Reduction of forest fuels in areas to be logged on BCTS timber sales near the communities of Beasley (near Smallwood Creek) and Longbeach (near Kokanee Creek). Nelson
Procter Fuel Treatment Prescriptions Harrop-Procter Community Co-operative Wildfire Risk Reduction Wildfire fuel reduction by harvesting uneconomic stands and removing small diameter trees to promote future forest productivity. Procter
Fuel Reduction Treatments in the RDCK - FIRS 83530 Regional District of Central Kootenay Wildfire Risk Reduction Fuel management in key areas consistent with the Regional District of Central Kootenay's Community Wildfire Protection Plan. Lister, Fauquier, Kingsgate, Nelson, Riondel, Kokanee Park, Beasley
Rock Creek Ecosystem Restoration FIRS 8354001 West Boundary Community Forest Wildfire Risk Reduction Development of prescriptions to improve stand health. Additional benefits include reducing wildfire fuel loading, utilization of low value stands, and improvement of wildlife habitat. Rock Creek
Sheep Mountain wildfire hazard red FIRS #8351002 Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society Wildfire Risk Reduction Fuel management treatments to reduce wildfire risk to the town of Elko and restoring wildlife habitat for a variety of species. Elko
Quartz Lake - FIRS #8351003 Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society Wildfire Risk Reduction Vegetation removal, invasive plant control, and grass seeding to reduce wildfire risk. Skookumchuk
Rushmere Ecosystem Restoration & fuel treatment FIRS #8351004 Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society Wildfire Risk Reduction Hand slashing of trees under 17.5 centimetres diameter, bucking, piling and pile burning to reduce wildfire risk to the community of Rushmere Rushmere
Duck Pasture Fuel Mgmt Treatment - FIRS #8351005 Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society Wildfire Risk Reduction Slashing of trees less than 20 centimetres diameter, and prescribed burning to reduce the risk of wildfires. Elko
Fuel Mgmt Prescription Development FIRS #8351006 Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society Wildfire Risk Reduction Fuel management prescription development in priority areas to reduce the risk of wildfires near the City of Cranbrook. Cranbrook
Slocan Valley Landscape Level Wildfire Protection Slocan Integral Forestry Cooperative (SIFCO) Wildfire Risk Reduction Wildfire Fuel management treatments identified in the Slocan Strategic Fuel Management Plan. Silverton,Lemon Creek
RDCK West Arm Planning Regional District of Central Kootenay 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
?AQ'AM Prescribed Burn Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society 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. Cranbrook
Westside Koocanusa Lake Fuel Management/ER Treatments Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society Wildfire Risk Reduction Hand slashing, pile burning and grass seeding to reduce wildfire risk. Newgate
Silver Springs Fuel Management Treatment Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society 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. Cranbrook
Cranbrook Community Forest/College of the Rockies Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society 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. Cranbrook
Fuel Reduction Treatments in the RDCK Regional District of Central Kootenay 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)
RDCK West Arm Provincial Park Fuel prescription Regional District of Central Kootenay Wildfire Risk Reduction Treatments to reduce wildfire fuel within West Arm Park and the adjacent wildland-urban interface. Nelson, Willow Point and Harrop
May Creek Wildfire Mitigation and Habitat Improvements West Boundary Community Forest 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 Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society Wildfire Risk Reduction Removal of small trees for wildfire fuel management. Secondary benefits include improved wildlife browsing and cattle grazing. Cranbrook
Strauss Road Fuel Management Treatment Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society Wildfire Risk Reduction Managing two stands for pre-fire suppression 'open forest' conditions to reduce wildfire threat and restore habitat conditions for several wildlife species and domestic cattle. Cranbrook
Project Title Project Proponent Society Purpose Full Proposal Description Closest Community
Northeast Region
Northeast Region Linear Disturbance Restoration MFLNRORD - Northeast Region Habitat Enhancement Mapping of deforested areas in the Northeast Region, to help develop restoration strategies. Emphasis will be on linear disturbances to the forest in moose and caribou habitat. Various
Northeast Rehabilitation Program SERNbc 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. Tumbler Ridge
Wildfire Risk reduction activities within the Little Prairie community Forest Little Prairie Community Forest Inc. Wildfire Risk Reduction Identification, prescription, and treatments to reduce wildfire risk adjacent to infrastructure with the Little Prairie Community Forest Chetwynd
FireSmart - Ft. Nelson First Nations Emergency Services Wildfire Risk Reduction Data collection for a FireSmart and wildfire protection planning pilot project. Outcomes are: individual property FireSmarting, community protection and emergency planning, fuel management, and decision support for assessments, prevention, and insurance providers. Fort Nelson
Project Title Project Proponent Society Purpose Full Proposal Description Closest Community
Omineca Region
Fort St James Green Energy - Biolog Recovery Fort St James Fuel Co Limited Partnership Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic wood/fibre to a local bioenergy facility to avoid pile burning emissions. Fort St James
104-Mesilinka 1040806 B.C Ltd. Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic wood/fibre to a local bioenergy plant and pulp mill to avoid pile burning emissions. Mackenzie
Road Rehabilitation SERNbc Forest Carbon Road rehabilitation to increase the amount of land base contributing to carbon sequestration, timber supply, and reforestation objectives. Burns Lake
Fertilization Application Erafor Forestry Ltd. Forest Carbon Improving forest road access to fertilization areas in the northern section of the Prince George District Prince George
Takla BioLog Project Sasuchan Development Corporation Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic wood/fibre to a local bioenergy facility to avoid pile burning emissions. Fort St James
Mackenzie District Carbon Reduction Mackenzie Pulp Mill Corporation Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic wood to a local pulp mill to avoid pile burning emissions. Mackenzie
FSJ Haul Differential Fort St James Fuel Co Limited Partnership Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic wood/fibre to a local bioenergy facility to avoid pile burning emissions. Fort St James
McBride Community Forest - Grinding Roadside Residuals Pacific Bioenergy Fibre Recovery Grinding harvesting debris piles in the McBride Community Forest to offset carbon emissions and maintain air quality in the Robson Valley. McBride
Vanderhoof (VanJam) wildfire management planning SERNbc Habitat Enhancement Review, update, and develop new fuel management prescriptions to reduce the fire hazard in planned locations. Vanderhoof
Kenny Dam Wildfire Planning and Prescriptions - F SERNbc Habitat Enhancement 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. Vanderhoof
Tabor Mountain Strategic Plan and Implementation Tabor Mountain Recreational Society Stand Rehabilitation Analysis of FLNRORD's strategic plan and the Tabor Mountain Recreation Society's Management Plan to align and improve project outcomes. Prince George
Fire Hazard Reduction by Utilization of Waste FLNRORD Stuart/Nechako Wildfire Risk Reduction Planning, mapping, and treatments for wildfire fuel break construction. Vanderhoof
Highway 39 Fuel Reduction Project District of Mackenzie Wildfire Risk Reduction Wildfire Risk Reduction - planning, prescriptions and treatment on high priority polygons along Hwy 39 Mackenzie
Little Bobtail Planning and prescriptions - FIRS 9 SERNbc Wildfire Risk Reduction 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. Vanderhoof
Pilot Mountain Fire Abatement Project Erafor Forestry Ltd. Wildfire Risk Reduction Wildfire fuel reduction treatments to protect critical emergency communications infrastructure. Pilot Mountain
PG Woodlot Assoc - Wildfire Threat Mitigation Prince George Woodlot Association Wildfire Risk Reduction Ground-truthing wildfire threat mapping, planning for management and wood utilization, and prescriptions, layout and mapping of treatments areas. Various
Project Title Project Proponent Society Purpose Full Proposal Description Closest Community
Skeena Region
Biomass from Thinning over-dense Stands Skeena Sawmills Ltd. Forest Carbon 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. Terrace
Pinnacle Smithers Incremental Haul Program Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic fibre to a pellet plant to avoid pile burning emissions. Smithers
Seaton Forest Products Dry Fibre Utilization Seaton Forest Products Ltd. Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic fibre to a pellet plant and cant (pallet wood) mill to avoid pile burning emissions. Smithers
Silviculture Strategy Treatment Implementation TCF Terrace Community Forest LLP Forest Carbon Silviculture treatment strategy for immature timber types on Terrace Community Forest. Terrace
Residual Fibre Utilization Skeena BioEnergy Forest Carbon This project enables the marginal fibre that would otherwise be burned to be recovered and is currently uneconomical due to the haul distance to be utilized by Skeena Bioenergy’s new pellet facility in Terrace Terrace
Francois Lake Carbon Emission Reduction Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. Forest Carbon Grinding and transporting of uneconomic residual fibre in waste piles south of Francois Lake to Pinnacle's pellet facility in Burns Lake to avoid pile burning emissions. Burns Lake
Northwest Fibre Utilization Coast Tsimshian Resources LP Forest Carbon Grinding and transporting of uneconomic residual fibre in waste piles south of Francois Lake to Pinnacle's pellet facility in Burns Lake to avoid pile burning emissions. Terrace
Pilot Project - Incremental Haul Pilot Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. Fibre Recovery 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. Houston and Topley
Burns Lake Incremental Haul Program Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. 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. Burns Lake
Skeena Region whitebark pine seed collection Bulkley Valley Research Centre Stand Rehabilitation Whitebark pine seed collection operations in the Skeena Region. Various
Silvicutlure Strategy For Terrace Community Forest 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
Marginal Sawlog Utilization within the Bulkley TSA BCTS Babine 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. Smithers
Spacing of 2nd Growth Stands FLNRORD, Coast Mountains Stand Rehabilitation Removing young trees to create growth space in overly dense hemlock and amabalis fir stands. This treatment is expected to result in reaching the target tree dimension 30 years faster than if no treatment were applied. Terrace
Spacing of 2nd Growth Stands FLNRORD, Coast Mountains Stand Rehabilitation Stand improvement thinning of overly dense Hemlock and Amabalis Fir Stands Terrace
CCN #1 - Moderate Fire Damage Stand Rehabilitation Cheslatta Carrier Nation Stand Rehabilitation Rehabilitation of uneconomic, mature stands moderately damaged by 2017 wildfires. Burns Lake
CCN #2 - Heavy Fire Damage Stand Rehabilitation Cheslatta Carrier Nation Stand Rehabilitation Rehabilitation of uneconomic, mature stands heavily damaged by 2017 wildfires. Burns Lake
Whitebark pine ground treatments - FIRS 9292004 SERNbc Stand Rehabilitation Management of the whitebark pine restoration program including seed collection and planting of 6500 disease resistant whitebark pine trees. Various
Boer Mountain Fire Mitigation Burns Lake Community Forest Ltd Wildfire Risk Reduction Reduction of forest fuels after harvesting is complete on an area to be logged in the Burns Lake Community Forest near the Boer Mountain recreation area that is identified as an area at high risk to be impacted from wildfire. Burns Lake Community Forest
Granisle Wildfire Mitigation Babine Lake Community Forest Society Wildfire Risk Reduction Planning and implementation of fuel treatments in the area of high wildfire hazard risk near the Village of Granisle in the Babine Lake Community Forest. Granisle
FES Area A Risk Mitigation District of Houston Wildfire Risk Reduction Planning, prescriptions and treatments of priority fuel management polygons to reduce the wildfire risk to the community of Houston and its high value infrastructures. Houston
Nadina Burns Lake Community Forest Fire Break: Pha Burns Lake Community Forest Ltd Wildfire Risk Reduction Planning, layout and treatments to create a fire break in the Burns Lake Community Forest. Burns Lake
WCFC Strategic Wildfire Hazard Mitigation Plan Wetzin'kwa Community Forest Corporation Wildfire Risk Reduction Development of a strategic wildfire hazard mitigation plan for the Wetzin'kwa Community Forest. Smithers
Project Title Project Proponent Society Purpose Full Proposal Description Closest Community
South Coast Region
Post Wildfire OGMA Rehabilitation FLNRORD-Coast Research 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. Pemberton
Access Corridor Fuel Reduction Implementation FLNRORD - Sea to Sky District Wildfire Risk Reduction Wildfire fuel management treatments to improve community, recreation, and infrastructure access and escape route corridors. Squamish and D'arcy
Whistler Fuel Reduction Cheakamus Community Forest 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. Whistler
Fuel Reduction Thinning 2019-2021 Cheakamus Community Forest Wildfire Risk Reduction Creating a fuel break to the South West of the Resort Municipality of Whistler. Whistler
Planning, Prescription, and Layout-Fuel Reduction Cheakamus Community Forest 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. Whistler
S2S District Access Fuel Treatments - FIRS 8355003 B.A. Blackwell & Associates Ltd. Wildfire Risk Reduction Planning for wildfire fuel management treatments to improve community, recreation, and infrastructure access and escape route corridors. Various
Project Title Project Proponent Society Purpose Full Proposal Description Closest Community
Thompson Okanagan Region
Fertilization TFL 59 Weyerhaeuser Company Limited Forest Carbon Fertilizer application to accelerate tree growth, improve greenhouse gas management, increase arboreal habitat, and improve ungulate winter range habitat. Oliver
Soil carbon stocks FLNRORD - Operations Forest Carbon Data collection to help establish a baseline level of forest soil carbon levels. This data can be used to evaluate treatment options aimed at mitigating loss of soil carbon or sequestering carbon within forest soils. Various
Thinning, Fertilization, and Carbon Sequestration Applied Mammal Research Institute 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. Summerland and Kelowna
Incremental Haul - Tops Westwood Fibre Resources Ltd. Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic wood to the BC EcoChips facility to avoid pile burning emissions. Various
Fibre Recovery - Incremental Haul Arrow Transportation Systems Inc Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic wood to a local pulp mill to avoid pile burning emissions. Kamloops
Use of a Slash Bundler for Biomass Recovery Valley Carriers Ltd. Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic fibre to a variety of end users to avoid pile burning emissions and improve fibre utilization Merritt
Fibre Recovery - Incremental Haul Arrow Transportation Systems Inc Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic fibre to a variety of end users to avoid pile burning emissions and improve fibre utilization Lillooet
Forest Fertilization - Lower North Thompson Commu Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society 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. Barriere
Rehabilitation of Legacy Roads Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society Forest Carbon 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. Barriere
16 Year Re-measurement of Weyerhaeuser Company Limited 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. Princeton
TFL59 Fertilization Weyerhaeuser Company Limited Forest Carbon Block sampling and selection for forest fertilization including prescriptions and contract tendering for fertilizer application. Penticton, Kaleden, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Osoyoos
Logan Lake Community Forest - Fibre Utilization Logan Lake Community Forest Corporation Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic residual fibre to Domtar's pulp mill in Kamloops to avoid pile burning emissions. Logan Lake
Domtar Bush Grinding Project Domtar Forest Carbon Grinding and transporting of uneconomic fibre to a local pulp mill to avoid pile burning emissions Kamloops
Lavington Okanagan Carbon Utilization Project Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic residual wood to pellet plants and power plants to avoid pile burning emissions. Vernon
Utilizing cedar bark and wood waste Stella-Jones Inc Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic residual fibre to Tolko's co-generation facility in Armstrong to avoid pile burning emissions at Revelstoke pole yard. Revelstoke
Incremental Haul Arrow Transportation Systems Inc Fibre Recovery Transport of residual fibre from timber harvesting to the Kamloops Domtar Pulp Mill to offset carbon emissions from roadside burning. Kamloops, Barriere
Roadside Debris Grinding (DH922K) Ledcor Forest Products Partnership 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
Garnet Valley Enhancement The Penticton Indian Band 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. Summerland, Penticton, and Peachland
Garnet Valley Ungluatre Winter Range Enhancement, The Penticton Indian Band Habitat Enhancement Continuance of the Garnett Valley Enhancement phase 1 project, treatments for the remaining project areas. Summerland, Penticton, and Peachland
Hat creek piling and burning of layer 3 and 4 Bonaparte Indian Band Habitat Enhancement Tree removal, 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. Cache Creek
Trepanier Wildfire Rehabilitation Ntityix Resources LP Stand Rehabilitation 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
Skeetchestn Forest and Riparian Restoration Brinkman & Associates Reforestation Ltd. Stand Rehabilitation 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. Kamloops
West Kelowna Wildfires Rehabilitation Project - 20 Ntityix Resources LP 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
Cedar Hills Fire Rehab & Deer Winter Range Improvements Tolko Industries Ltd. 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. Falkland
TFL 49 MPB Pine Stand Rehabilitation Phase 1 Tolko Industries Ltd. 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. Falkland, Vernon
Cascades District Mountain Pine Beetle Rehabilitation Forsite Consultants Ltd. Stand Rehabilitation Identification and treatment of mountain pine beetle impacted stands in the Cascades District to restore forest productivity. Merritt and Lillooet
Thompson Rivers Resource District MPB Rehabilitation Forsite Consultants Ltd. Stand Rehabilitation Identifying and harvesting or otherwise treating mountain pine beetle impacted stands in the Thompson Rivers District to restore forest productivity Kamloops
Overstory removal - MPB Impacted Stands Rehab. Logan Lake Community Forest Corporation Stand Rehabilitation Planning to harvest mountain pine beetle impacted stands with merchantable volume. The aim is to rehabilitate stands to productive forest. Logan Lake
Syilx Stewardship in Fire Maintained Landscapes Okanagan Nation Alliance Wildfire Risk Reduction Planning, prescriptions, and treatments for wildfire fuel reduction and fuel breaks. Peachland
Southeast Kelowna Landscape Level Fuel Break FLNRORD, Okanagan Shuswap District Wildfire Risk Reduction Development of a landscape level wildfire fuel break as planned in the City of Kelowna's Community Wildfire Protection Plan. Kelowna
Big White Interface Fuel Break Treatments Davies Wildfire Management Inc 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. Big White Ski Resort
Joe Rich Wildfire Threat Reduction Tolko Industries Ltd. Wildfire Risk Reduction Planning, strategic harvesting and tree thinning, to address wildfire threat and suppression access inside the Joe Rich community wildland-urban interface. Kelowna
Agur Lake fuel management prescriptions Agur Lake Camp Society Wildfire Risk Reduction Mapping, surveys, and prescriptions to reduce high to extreme wildfire threat fuel loads near the Augur Lake Camp Society land. 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. Summerland
Sicamous Wildfire Risk Mitigation Silvatech Consulting Ltd Wildfire Risk Reduction A wildfire fuel reduction project in selected key areas on the perimeter of the District of Sicamous. Sicamous
Landscape Level Fuel Break in Xaxli'p Territory Xaxli'p Community Forest Corp. Wildfire Risk Reduction Wildfire risk reduction treatment activities on priority polygons near Lillooet Lillooet
Silver Lake Camp Wildfire Mitigation Prescription Ntityix Resources LP Wildfire Risk Reduction A wildfire fuel reduction project adjacent to Silver Lake Camp. Peachland
FireSmart Treatments - Logan Lake Trails Area Logan Lake Community Forest Corporation Wildfire Risk Reduction Reducing forest fuels to reduce the risk of wildfires to the community of Logan Lake. Logan Lake
FireSmart Treatments - Face-Paska Community Logan Lake Community Forest Corporation Wildfire Risk Reduction Reducing forest fuels to reduce the risk of wildfires to the communities near Face Lake and Paska Lake. Logan Lake
Fox Farm and Lindley Creek Fuel Management Lower Nicola Indian Band Wildfire Risk Reduction Development of prescriptions and carrying out wildfire risk reduction treatments adjacent to Fox Farm and Lindley Creek Subdivisions near Merritt Merritt
Wildfire Risk Reduction west of Blackpines/McLure Whispering Pines/ Clinton Indian Band Wildfire Risk Reduction Reducing forest fuels to reduce the risk of wildfires to the community of Whispering Pines Indian Band. Kamloops
RDNO Watershed Wildfire Management Planning and Op Davies Wildfire Management Inc Wildfire Risk Reduction Wildfire risk reduction planning, prescription and treatment work focused on priority areas within the Duteau Watershed Lumby
Lake Country Watershed Wildfire Management Planning Davies Wildfire Management Inc Wildfire Risk Reduction Wildfire risk reduction planning, prescription and treatment work focused on priority areas within the Lake Country Watershed Lake Country
Black Mountain Improvement District Watershed Wild Davies Wildfire Management Inc Wildfire Risk Reduction Wildfire risk reduction planning, prescription and treatment work focused on priority areas within the Black Mountain Improvement District Watershed Kelowna
Glenmore Ellison Improvement District Watershed Wi Davies Wildfire Management Inc Wildfire Risk Reduction Planning, prescription and treatment work focused on priority areas within the Glenmore Ellison Watershed Kelowna
Comstock Longterm Fire Break - FIRS 8358001 TNR Consulting Wildfire Risk Reduction Prescription development for fuel break layout and fuel reduction treatments. Debris will be made available to a local bioenergy plant. Merritt
Baldy Mt Resort Phase 1 - McKinney Baldy Mountain Resort Wildfire Risk Reduction Fire break prescriptions in the Mckinney Community Watershed to reduce wildfire risk. Oliver
Logan Lake Wildfire Risk Management Plan (WRMP) Logan Lake Community Forest Corporation Wildfire Risk Reduction Development of a wildfire risk management plan for the community of Logan Lake. Logan Lake
Silver Star Mountain Resort Silver Star Mountain Resort Ltd. 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. Silver Star Mountain Resort
District of Peachland Fuel Break District of Peachland 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. Peachland
RDOS Fuel Breaks Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen 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. Penticton
Prescribed Burn in Xaxli'p Survival Territory - Ph Xaxli'p Community Forest Corp. Wildfire Risk Reduction 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. Lillooet
Project Title Project Proponent Society Purpose Full Proposal Description Closest Community
West Coast Region
Riparian Restoration Project (Cowichan) The Cowichan Tribes 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. Duncan
2019/20 Fertilization Taan Forest Forest Carbon Application of fertilizer by hand to selected Cedar and potential future old growth selected trees. Part of an Old growth acceleration rehabilitation prescription. Skidegate
2017 FCI Fertilization Surveys FLNROD - Forest Carbon Initiative Forest Carbon Surveys to identify eligible areas for forest fertilization prescriptions and treatments. Various
Graham & Moresby Island Fibre Utilization Taan Forest Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic wood to a local pulp mill to avoid pile burning emissions. Queen Charlotte City
North Island Chipping Ltd. Fibre Utilization Strategic Natural Resource Consultants Inc. Forest Carbon Transport of uneconomic residual wood fibre to North Island Chipper at Beaver Cove. Port Hardy
North Island fibre Utilization Trial Lions Gate Forest Products Limited Forest Carbon Transport of uneconomic residual wood fibre to North Island Chipper at Beaver Cove. Port Hardy
Bella Coola Pulp Recovery Bella Coola Community Forest Ltd Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic wood to a coastal pulp mill to avoid pile burning emissions. Bella Coola
King Island Pulp Recovery TSL 85398 Probyn Log Ltd. Forest Carbon Transporting uneconomic wood to a coastal pulp mill to avoid pile burning emissions. Bella Bella
Haida Gwaii Enhanced Silviculture 2018 Taan Forest Habitat Enhancement Treatments that produce mature forest characteristics to improve Haida Gwaii Goshawk forage territory. Massett
Riparian Restoration Taan Forest Habitat Enhancement Treatments that produce mature forest characteristics to improve Haida Gwaii Goshawk forage territory. Port Clements
2019 Spacing and Pruning Taan Forest Habitat Enhancement Treatments that produce mature forest characteristics to improve Haida Gwaii Goshawk forage territory. Shannon Bay
Improving Stand Value of Cw North Van Island Strategic Natural Resource Consultants Inc. 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. Various
Woss Firebreak Management Regional District of Mount Waddington Wildfire Risk Reduction Development of a fire hazard abatement program for the community of Woss and subsequent treatments to reduce wildfire ladder fuels. Woss
Project Title Society Purpose Project Description Location
2017-2018 Co-Funded Projects - FESBC / HCTF
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
Project Title Society Purpose Project Description Location
2018-2019 Co-Funded Projects - FESBC / HCTF
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 Title Society Purpose Project Description Location
2019-2020 Co-Funded Projects - FESBC / HCTF
Got Bats? B.C. Community Outreach, Conservation and Citizen Science Project Enhancement and Restoration "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, enhancement of habitat including 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). Multi-Region
Monitoring and Protecting BC's bat diversity prior to White-Nose Syndrome Enhancement and Restoration 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 important bat habitats, and establish baseline species diversity and relative abundance -- reference points necessary for future monitoring, surveillance, mitigation, and recovery. Multi-Region
Rattlesnake populations: Response to land management regimes and historical changes. Enhancement and Restoration This project revisits the ecology of populations of Western Rattlesnakes (a species-at-risk) originally studied over 30 years ago. The main questions being addressed are (i) how have snake populations changed over 30+ years, and (ii) how do different management regimes affect 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. Multi-Region
Developing a prophylactic probiotic approach for reducing white-nose syndrome severity in bats Enhancement and Restoration Using bacteria sourced from local healthy bats, we have derived a probiotic prophylaxis for the prevention of white-nose syndrome (WNS), the fungal disease poised to devastate western North American bat populations. Now that we have successfully tested this probiotic on captive building-roosting bats, we have concluded that it is effective at changing bat wing microbiomes and slows the growth of the fungus (referred to as Pd) which causes this deadly bat disease, readying us for a final captive trial then field implementation in 2019. At maternity roosts in the Vancouver region we will compare bat ecology and health pre- and post-treatment prior to when bats leave to hibernation with an enhanced anti-WNS wing flora which we anticipate will delay or prevent Pd growth for a long enough portion of the winter to increase survivorship. Multi-Region
Fisher Habitat Conservation – Extension and Field Trials Enhancement and Restoration 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. Multi-Region
Determining factors affecting moose population change: assessing calving and survival rates Enhancement and Restoration 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. Multi-Region
Using Local Knowledge and Hunter-based Sampling to Inform Mountain Caribou Conservation Enhancement and Restoration We will fill knowledge gaps on health status and population trends of Northern Mountain caribou herds in BC through rigorous documentation of guide-outfitter knowledge and analyzing biological samples from harvested caribou. Concurrently, we will work with communities to develop capacity and a framework for community-based monitoring of wildlife health, status and trends. Multi-Region
Estimating Cougar (Puma concolor vancouverensis) Populations on Northern Vancouver Island using DNA mark-recapture techniques Enhancement and Restoration 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 Enhancement and Restoration 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
Seasonal habitat supply for the management and restoration of Roosevelt Elk Enhancement and Restoration We will deploy over 60 GPS collars on Roosevelt Elk on Vancouver Island to validate an existing winter habitat model and develop habitat models for all seasons to quantify the relationship between habitat use and elk populations. Project outcomes will improve elk habitat and population management decisions. Vancouver Island
Reestablishing Vancouver Island Marmots in Strathcona Provincial Park Enhancement and Restoration The Marmot Recovery Foundation will build and extend on efforts to reintroduce Vancouver Island Marmots to Strathcona Provincial Park, and create a self-sustaining population of the endemic mammals. Efforts will focus on translocations, food enhancement, monitoring and potentially habitat restoration as guided by BC Parks. Vancouver Island
South Coast Grizzly Bear Ecology and Cumulative Effects Research Enhancement and Restoration This project is investigating several aspects of grizzly bear ecology, with a focus on space-use and movements relative to influential factors of habitat and human activity. Inferences will be directly relevant to understanding short- and long-term implications of cumulative human impacts on grizzly bear recovery and conservation. Data will also contribute to long-term tracking of population responses. Predictive outputs that are empirically tested will serve to direct appropriate mitigation and conservation strategies. Lower Mainland
Conservation of Threatened Raptors on the Sunshine Coast Enhancement and Restoration We will conduct surveys to identify and assess occupied breeding territories for Northern Goshawks on the Sunshine Coast, and will work with government, First Nations, industry, and landowners to protect habitat for Goshawks and other raptors. Community engagement activities will improve awareness and participation in raptor stewardship. Lower Mainland
Improving Wildlife Habitat in Logged and Fire-Damaged Coastal Forests Enhancement and Restoration 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, restore, enhance, and create wetlands in recently logged and fire-damaged forests. Lower Mainland
Wolverine (Gulo gulo) movements, home range and habitat use in a human dominated landscape, South Coast Enhancement and Restoration 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. Lower Mainland
Mountain Goat Seasonal Movements and Habitat Use in the Mount Meager Complex, South Coast Enhancement and Restoration We propose to radio collar (GPS) 35-45 mountain goats in the Mount Meager Complex. The objectives are to determine if these goats make large seasonal movements to and from winter ranges, as well as quantify habitat use in winter and summer in relation to the burned habitats. As this is a hunted population and perhaps one of the largest and most important goat populations in the South Coast, this information on seasonal movements and habitat use is crucial in our understanding of how to better manage this population. Lower Mainland
Roosevelt Elk Inventory - South Coast Enhancement and Restoration We will conduct inventory of Roosevelt Elk (Cervus elaphus roosevelti) in the South Coast Region, through annual aerial flights. This project will generate population estimates for each unit surveyed and results will lead to improved conservation, management and planning. Lower Mainland
Thompson Region Bighorn Sheep Collaring Project Enhancement and Restoration 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
Monitoring the Stein/Nahatlatch Grizzly Bear Population during Recovery. Enhancement and Restoration This isolated and Critically Endangered grizzly bear population has been monitored using DNA sampling since 2005. To avoid an extended break in this continuity, we plan to continue the monitoring as the Province implements recovery actions every two years. The project is structured consistent with the spirit of Reconciliation and with the principals of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) “to maintain and strengthen their distinct political, legal, economic, social and cultural institutions”. Thompson - Nicola
South Rockies Grizzly Bear Inventory Enhancement and Restoration We have been monitoring grizzly bear population trend in wildlife management units 4-01, 4-02, and 4-23 since 2006. Analysis has informed management decisions such as adjusting hunting quotas based on recent field-based population estimates, closing the hunting season in the South Rockies GBPU after a period of population decline, and planning access closures near huckleberry patches in 4-23. We now intend to focus on understanding and mitigating the causes of non-hunting mortality, especially when it is not reported nor recorded in the provincial mortality data and, monitor the recovery from the recent population decline. Kootenays
Boundary Restoration and Enhancement Program Enhancement and Restoration 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 Enhancement and Restoration 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
Bull River Bighorn Sheep: Herd Health and Movement Dynamics Enhancement and Restoration This proposal is to support the ongoing deployment of GPS collars as they continue to function and provide movement data and the potential for mortality investigations. There are 9/11 collars remaining on the Bull River herd, and 3/4 remaining on the Galton herd. The continued data fees and monitoring costs to maintain these 12 collars on bighorn sheep within these two herds is warranted given the 40% population decline in the Bull River herd, and the continued concern over contact with domestic sheep in both the Bull River and Galton herd ranges. Kootenays
Invasive plant management on bighorn sheep winter ranges Enhancement and Restoration This proposed project involves a comprehensive and collaborative approach to managing invasive plants on 3 critical bighorn sheep winter ranges: Bull River, Wigwam Flats and Columbia Lake East. This proposed continuing project is attempting to increase the quality of grasslands by reducing invaders and increasing forage species. Kootenays
Diversifying MPB Clearcuts for Small Mustelids: Green-tree Retention, Debris Piles, and Enhanced Riparian habitats Enhancement and Restoration Restoration of wildlife habitat with combined habitat components after clearcut harvesting of MPB-killed lodgepole pine stands. Three methods of habitat enhancement for small mustelids and their prey species to diversify clearcuts include (1) green-tree retention, (2) woody debris piles, and (3) enhanced riparian zones. Kootenays
Quantifying rates and mechanisms of grizzly bear mortality in the Elk Valley Enhancement and Restoration 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
Maintenance of Furbearers and Prey Species on Large Clearcut Openings Using Linear Piles of Woody Debris Enhancement and Restoration 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) clearcut openings. Presence of these mammals in piles will indicate that these structures are effective as habitat in large clearcut openings. Kootenays
Elk movements and survival in the Elk Valley Enhancement and Restoration Elk in the Elk Valley appear to have changed migration patterns in recent years. Productivity and survival of non-migratory and migratory elk in the Elk Valley may differ. This study examines elk movements and survival in the Elk Valley and will provide information to help make informed wildlife management decisions. Kootenays
Evaluating grizzly conservation management: quantifying recovery in the South Selkirks Enhancement and Restoration This project is a unique opportunity to quantifiably evaluate 15 years of conservation activities recovering a threatened grizzly bear population in the South Selkirks using a DNA-based population survey. The results will allow BC’s first detailed, scientifically documented recovery process (from problem & solutions identification to solutions implementation, to realized conservation return) that will provide valuable input to the developing BC Grizzly Bear Management Plan. Our results will also inform conservation management of grizzly bear populations across BC by providing a blueprint for managing stressed grizzly bear populations. Kootenays
Premier Lake Park & adjacent Crown land Prescribed Burn Enhancement and Restoration In partnership with the Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society (RMTS) and the Rocky Mountain Trench Ecosystem Restoration Program (RMTERP) and the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS), BC Parks will be conducting a 300 ha prescribed burn on 150 ha of park land as well as 150 ha of adjacent Crown land in the spring of 2019. This project aims to enhance habitat for wildlife in the Premier Lake Park area and on adjacent Crown land by restoring grassland and open forest habitats. Restoration of grasslands and open forests contributes to the region's rich biodiversity by providing habitat for a wealth of wildlife species, many of which are at risk because habitat has been lost or degraded. Kootenays
Restoring Ungulate Habitat Through Clumpy Spacing Enhancement and Restoration 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 Enhancement and Restoration 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
Assessing cougar density in The Cariboo Region through non-invasive survey techniques Enhancement and Restoration 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
Assessing high-elevation forest harvesting strategies to maintain caribou and moose habitat Enhancement and Restoration This is a two-year study designed to understand the use of high-elevation forestry blocks by moose, caribou, wolves and bears. We will assess differences in the distribution and abundance of moose and their predators across an adaptive management trial with conventional (>25ha) and small (<1.0ha) clearcuts as well as an unharvested control. This study will provide guidance to land managers attempting to limit apparent competition between moose and caribou, however, the results could be applied to efforts to enhance moose habitat across portions of the province where caribou and moose are not spatially adjacent. Cariboo
Restoring Whitebark Pine Ecosystems to Enhance Subalpine Bear Habitat Enhancement and Restoration This is year 3 in the 2nd 5-yr cycle of a multi-partner project to restore endangered whitebark pine ecosystems with high value habitat value for bears in the southern Skeena Region. 2019-2020 plans include: (1) prepare a plan to optimally use the large whitebark pine seed collection made in 2018; (2) monitor 2014 and 2017 restoration plantings; (3) complete 5th research report on whitebark pine assisted migration trial (2012-2013 plantings); (4) continue outreach and extension activities including installation of an interpretive sign on Hudson Bay Mtn. Skeena
Determining Population Management Unit Boundaries for Mountain Goats in Skeena Region Enhancement and Restoration We will monitor movements, home ranges, habitat selection and genetic relatedness of mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) on three adjacent mountain complexes northeast of Smithers, BC to determine biologically meaningful population management unit boundaries for these populations; results of this study can help to inform biologically based PMUs in the remainder of the Skeena Region. Skeena
Tahltan Burn Plan Enhancement and Restoration We would like to develop a burn plan and schedule for identified critical habitat areas within the Tahltan Territory. Through community meetings and discussions with individuals within the local Tahltan communities we have identified areas that would benefit from habitat enhancement burning for moose, Stone’s sheep and mountain goat populations within the Tahltan Territory. Precipitation monitoring has shown an increase in rain during the growing seasons and a reduction in snow packs over the last decade. This has lead to a changing land scape across the Tahltan territory. There has been encroachment of evergreen and deciduous trees into the alpine and open areas reducing ungulate food sources. There has also been an increase in willow and alder growth in many areas. We are looking to incorporate a more pro-active approach to enhancing wildlife populations within our territory. The Tahltan Central Government has invested significant amounts of it’s own resources into our wildlife and lands programs but we do not have the capacity at the moment to deliver a burn program without assistance from outside sources. Through this project we would like to build the capacity to develop projects internally. Skeena
CHRF Whitesail Reach Caribou Habitat Restoration Fund This restoration project is designed to benefit the Tweedsmuir-Entiako caribou herd by clearing debris from the shore line of calving islands on Whitesail Lake. Skeena
CHRF Tweedsmuir – Entiako Caribou Lichen Restoration Caribou Habitat Restoration Fund This restoration project is designed to benefit the Tweedsmuir-Entiako herd by seeding lichen fragments over 50 ha in areas impacted by Chelaslie wildfire. Skeena
Enhancing caribou survival within the Klinse-Za/Scott herds Enhancement and Restoration This will be Year 6 of the maternal penning project that is 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
Tuchodi Prescribed Burns for Wildlife Habitat Enhancement and Restoration The Tuchodi Prescribed Burn Program seeks to support critical winter range for multiple ungulate species in northern British Columbia by improving the quantity and nutritional quality of forage in winter range habitats. By restoring early-seral habitats and rejuvenating mid-seral habitats, the program will ensure the long-term sustainability of ungulate populations, maintain hunting and recreational opportunities, and support traditional use of wildlife by First Nations. Omineca/Peace
Wolf predation risk to moose in north-central BC Enhancement and Restoration This project investigates seasonal wolf predation risk to moose in two of the provincial moose research project study sites. We 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 Enhancement and Restoration 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
Klinse-Za/Scott East Caribou Maternal Pen Health Evaluation Enhancement and Restoration Emergency recovery measures have led to improved outcomes for the demographics of the threatened Klinse-Za herd in north-central BC, but the effects of this intensive and invasive management on individual and herd health have just begun to be investigated. In year 1 of this project, we formed collaborations with wildlife health experts, and are submitting health samples for laboratory analyses addressing various metrics of stress, nutrition, pathogens, and body condition; a summary database and report are planned for end of the fiscal year. In this 2nd year, we propose to submit 2019 penning samples for labwork, analyze the laboratory results, and interpret the findings; in the third year, to submit a peer-reviewed publication. Omineca/Peace
Sharp-tailed Grouse Population and Lek Habitat Monitoring Enhancement and Restoration This project will re-initiate the monitoring of sharp-tailed grouse populations in the North Peace and produce a complete reproductive season habitat model. Results of this project will determine population status, increase knowledge of the sub-species, contribute to management of the species and provide guidance to industrial proponents. Omineca/Peace
Linking forest condition, heat stress, and moose health Enhancement and Restoration Moose cope poorly with heat and must seek thermal shelter during periods of heat stress. However, recourse to thermal shelter logically requires that it be in sufficient supply. The purpose of this study is to investigate the thermal environment in a region where Mountain Pine Beetle salvage logging has radically shifted the landscape to an early-seral condition. Operative temperature will be measured in common forest types to determine the a) gravity of thermal stress in this landscape and b) extent to which it is under management control. Omineca/Peace
Implications of bear demography on recovery of the Klinse-Za caribou herd Enhancement and Restoration This seed project will result in a collaboratively developed, multi-year funding proposal to address information gaps in black and grizzly bear demography, distribution, and diets; particularly in relation to the implementation of caribou recovery measures in the Klinse-Za caribou herd. Omineca/Peace
Evaluating elk population trend, habitat use, and potential for competition with moose in the southern central Omineca Enhancement and Restoration Female elk will be collared in the southern Omineca around Prince George and monitored to determine survival rate, calf recruitment and population trends as baseline information. Resource selection will determine habitat use to inform elk management regionally where extensive mountain pine beetle salvage has occurred. Collared elk will allow regional staff to develop a refined sightability correction factor to facilitate accurate abundance estimates. Omineca/Peace
Canada Lynx habitat ecology on an intensively harvested landscape. Enhancement and Restoration Using a combination of GPS collars and non-invasive survey techniques we will investigate the habitat ecology and population status of Canada lynx in an intensively harvested landscape in central BC. The aim of this study is to provide applied recommendations for habitat and species management as well as improve monitoring methods for Canada lynx in a rapidly changing landscape. Omineca/Peace
Northern Myotis Maternal Roost Study Enhancement and Restoration Locate and describe biophysical attributes of maternal colonies of the federally endangered northern myotis (often multiple trees within a geographic area) through capture and radio telemetry to inform 1) understanding and identification of critical habitat as recommended in the species recovery strategy (Environment Canada 2015), 2) contribute to the develop of a habitat management tool for industry 3) provide information to contribute to WHA designation should the re-assessment of Identified Wildlife include northern myotis, 4) contribute to mitigation for habitat loss such as creation of wildlife habitat trees with collaborators. Omineca/Peace
Little Bobtail Wildfire Ecosystem Restoration Plan – Riparian Planting Enhancement and Restoration The Society for Ecosystem Restoration in Northern BC (SERNbc) has identified an opportunity to improve riparian ecosystem functioning impacted by the Little Bobtail wildfire in 2015. As part of a broader Ecosystem Restoration Plan (ERP) already completed, this project seeks to plant 37,000 trees across 48 hectares of burned riparian areas critical to local fish and wildlife populations. Omineca/Peace
CHRF Kotcho Lake Restoration Area Caribou Habitat Restoration Fund This project is designed to benefit the SnakeSahtahneh caribou herd by limiting predator use of legacy seismic lines and using re-vegetation to increase habitat suitability for caribou. Omineca/Peace
Mule deer response to wildfire and habitat change in southern British Columbia Enhancement and Restoration 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