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Old Growth and Resilience

Use the links below to access maps and research relevant to the paradigm shift for old growth management underway in British Columbia.

Old Growth Forest Deferrals:

Two reports – a summary, and technical background document are available.

We provide two maps (provided here with varying levels of resolution).

Map 1 – shows the best 3% of tall and large OLD forests for every forested ecosystem, plus mapped ancient forests, and includes rare forests. This candidate deferral options area is shown in the context of existing protected zones, and in context of the next 4-10% best tall and large OLD forests in each ecosystem.

Where insufficient old forest to meet the percent criteria we do not identify younger forest on these deferral maps. However, recruitment is critical in many forested ecosystems. Additional work will look at questions of recruitment in the near future.

Map 2 shows the same information as above, but also includes the mapped harvest history in the province for context.

Map 1:

Map 2.

  • Candidate Areas plus Harvested Areas – Old Forest Deferrals Options (low resolution jpeg for email)
  • Candidate Areas plus Harvested Areas – Old Forest Deferral Options (high resolution jpeg)
  • Candidate Areas plus Harvested Areas – Old Forest Deferral Options (V high Resolution TIFF)(Contact Authors)

Presentations

Presentation to UBCIC – May 14, 2021

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