Summer 2016 E-Newsletter
Restoring Elk Habitat through Prescribed Burn in Lytton, B.C.
Project Summary by Robin Strong, R.F.T.
July 13, 2016
The Mill Yard prescribed burn was conducted on March 30, 2016, in an effort to reduce forest fuels and monitor the effects of prescribed fire on wildlife habitat values near Lytton, B.C. The project was undertaken jointly between the Lillooet Fire Zone, Wildfire Management Branch (Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations) and myself, Robin Strong, RFT, as my final project for the Restoration of Natural Systems diploma at University of Victoria.
Photo Credit: Robin Strong
The 11.5 hectare study area is located on crown land, 3 km south of Lytton on Highway 1, on a fluvial terrace of the Fraser River. The natural disturbance regime of the forested ecosystems near Lytton was described by Wong (1999) as a mixed-severity fire regime, with forest structure and function predominantly influenced by frequent, low-intensity fires. Fire suppression has altered these forests to include more dense young stands. At the landscape level this has lead to changes in hydrology, decreased biodiversity, and increased fire frequency, intensity and size.
Photo Credit: Ryan Turcot
At the stand level, two problems have arisen from changes to forest structure. First, there is an increased threat of wildfire to the Village of Lytton. In response to this, the Village of Lytton completed mechanical fuel-management treatments in 2014 in the study area, including thinning and pruning trees and burning the resulting slash in small piles. Secondly, there is a loss of habitat value to a local population of Rocky Mountain Elk (Cervus elaphus
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Upcoming Training Opportunities
Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool Course
Hosted by SALMTEC
August 10 - 12, 2016
Course Description: This 3-day hands on training course provides an understanding of the concept of a ABWRET-A and indicators of wetland function, and practice conducting the rapid survey and completing the ABWRET forms.
Bio-Engineering: A Restoration Course
Hosted by Columbia Mountain's Institute of Applied Ecology
October 18 - 19, 2016 in Revelstoke, BC
Course Description: Soil bio-engineering is an applied science that uses live plant materials, rocks, soil and landscape elements to perform an engineering function such as slope stabilization, soil erosion control or seepage control. Topics covered include factors involved in successful restoration, successional reclamation, soil bio-engineering techniques,etc.
Protecting Canada's National Parks: A Call for Renewed Committment to Nature Conservation (CPAWS)
Resource Roads and Wetlands: A Guide for Planning Construction and Maintenance (Ducks Unlimited Canada & FP Innovations)
MycoDB Database (Dryad Digital Repository)
Delivered by the Columbia Basin Trust, these grants support ideas that will strengthen environmental well-being in relation to ecosystems, climate, water, and/or environmental education. Deadline: August 15, 2016
Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program
The FWCP operates in three regions across the province of B.C.. In the Columbia and Peace Regions, FWCP operates to meet fish and wildlife conditions in BC Hydro’s water licences. In the Coastal Region, the FWCP’s work is a voluntary initiative. The FWCP compensates for the impacts to fish and wildlife as a result of B.C. Hydro dams. Their goal is to have thriving fish and wildlife populations in watersheds that are functioning and sustainable. Deadline: October 28, 2016
Grasslands and Rangeland Enhancement Program
Delivered for the Trust by the Kootenay Livestock Association, this Program supports efforts to maintain and/or enhance grassland resources while meeting conservation, environmental and recreational objectives. Objectives include promoting the stewardship of the grassland resource, striving to maintain and enhance biodiversity and long-term fish and wildlife productivity in public grassland ecosystems and improving compatibility between livestock management and recreation use. Currently accepting applications for the 2016 funding year.
The Winnipeg Free Press, July 16, 2016 - The Birds and the Bees...and the Grass and the Trees
The Vancouver Sun, July 13, 2016 - Wildfires an 'ongoing concern' to B.C.'s Forestry Sector
Saskatoon Star Phoenix, July 7, 2016
- U of S Opens Mine Reclamation Research Facility
Pique, June 30, 2016 - $150K Awarded for Salmon Habitat Restoration in Squamish
Rocky Mountain Outlook, June 23, 2016 - New Web Portal for Bow River Basin Information
National Post Calgary, June 21, 2016 - Calgary Park goes to the Goats: Voracious Animals are Weed Eaters in $25,000 Pilot Project
University of Alberta ALES, June 20, 2016
- ALES Ecologist Co-Leads Compilation of Huge Soil Fungi Database
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