Effects of Logging and Mountain Pine Beetle on Caribou Forage Lichens
This project builds on work conducted in 2016-17 to assess the effects of Mountain Pine Beetles (MPB) and logging on terrestrial caribou forage lichens. In 2017-18, this project will re-measure previously established permanent plots at the Jackfish Creek site on the Wolverine Caribou range to assess the effects of the MPB. Re-measuring the Jackfish Creek site is part of a broader project, which will sample additional previously established permanent plots on logged, MPB, and prescribed burn sites on another caribou range, to assess a broader range of ecological conditions. Results from this project will supplement information collected in 2016-17 and will be used to develop conservation practices for the sustainable supply of forage for caribou.