Project Code: ANC-01-040
Program: FRIP
Sponsor:ANC Timber Ltd.
Project Status:Completed

Object & Deliverables

 

The objective of this project was to summarize the current condition of the Little Smoky/A La Peche caribou range within the ANC FMA and compare the current state to future (time 10, 50, and 100) intact Woodland Caribou habitat for three different management strategies:

  • 2007 Pine Strategy DFMP Amendment;
  • 2002 DFMP Outbreak Scenario;
  • Pine Strategy with Deferral in intact areas.

Based on the criteria for defining intact caribou habitat (presence of Black Spruce, seismic density, etc.), each strategy was analyzed by re-calculating the intact areas over time and summarizing the condition of the caribou ranges by age group (0-29, 30-79, and 80+ years), land base category, and leading species into one of the following five categories, resulting in re-calculation of intactness a total of nine times:

  • Forested intact area with a patch rank greater than or equal to 14 (High);
  • Forested intact area with a patch rank of 12 or 13 (Medium);
  • Forested intact area with a patch rank greater than or equal to 5 and less than or equal to 11 (Low);
  • Forested area that is not intact (includes patches with a rank of less than 5, patches smaller than 200 hectares, or forested area less than 80 years old);
  • Non-forested area.

Final Report

The findings of this project are contained in a document entitled “Caribou Intactness Analysis – FRIAA Report.”

ANC-01-040