Moose Wildlife Habitat Decision Aid
BC Journal of Ecosystems and Management
In British Columbia, specific amounts of habitats critical for the winter survival of moose (Alces alces) are maintained under the Forest Planning and Practices Regulation (FPPR) and protected under the Government Actions Regulation (GAR). Key habitat elements, such as mineral licks and significant wallows, can be protected as a practice requirement under the FPPR as “Wildlife Habitat Features.” Other seasonal habitat elements, such as buffers on wetlands and riparian reserve areas, receive limited protection under these statutes and are protected to varying degrees across the range of the species. A number of land use plans have made recommendations for maintenance of moose habitat. A complete list of these plans can be found at: http://ilmb.gov.bc.ca/category/ products-and-services/plans. The Wildlife Habitat Decision Aid (WHDA) format has been used to convey information on factors requiring consideration when managing forests and range in British Columbia for specific wildlife species. This WHDA summarizes important seasonal habitat elements and provides information for land and resource managers to consider when addressing the seasonal habitat requirements for moose in managed forest areas. Also included is a valuable resource and reference list that contains more detailed information. Most reference material that is not available online can be ordered through libraries.
Wall, W. B.; Belisle, M.; Luke, L.A. 2011. British Columbia's interior: moose wildlife habitat decision aid. BC Journal of Ecosystems and Management 11(3): 45-49.