Wildlife & Biodiversity

Woodland Caribou Research Program 

Wildlife and biological diversity are important and valued features of forested ecosystems. Accordingly, the forest products industry has generated significant scientific research on the effects and mitigation of forest practices on these values. Forest management has long been designed to protect and enhance populations of species at risk, with many forest professionals contributing time and effort towards conservation and recovery efforts. Silvicultural and management regimes have been designed and tested to enhance biodiversity while balancing the economic and wood supply needs of forestry-based communities.

NCASI works with top researchers in wildlife, hydrology, forest ecology, biometrics, soil science, and silviculture, to undertake research and technical studies to respond to challenges facing the industry with respect to wildlife and biodiversity-related issues.

NCASI Resources on Wildlife & Biodiversity

NCASI hosted a webcast on the MBCA Forest Practices Handbook (April 11, 2013). Play recording of webcast >> 

A Review of the History and Scientific Basis of Species at Risk Assessments in Canada. Technical Bulletin No. 1005 

Wildlife Responses to Stand-Level Structural Retention Practices in the Boreal Forest. Technical Bulletin No. 0964 

Bird - Forestry Relationships in Canada: Literature Review and Synthesis of Management Recommendations. Technical Bulletin No. 0892 

Ecological Interactions Among Caribou, Moose, and Wolves: Literature Review. Technical Bulletin No. 0893 

Defining Old-Growth in Canada and Identifying Wildlife Habitat in Old-Growth Boreal Forest Stands. Technical Bulletin No. 0909 

Synthesis of Large-Scale Bird Conservation Plans in Canada: A Resource for Forest Managers. Special Report No. 06-05 

Similarities and Differences between Harvesting- and Wildfire-Induced Disturbances in Fire-Mediated Canadian Landscapes. Technical Bulletin No. 0924 

A Review of Ungulate Nutrition and the Role of Top-Down and Bottom-Up Forces in Woodland Caribou Population Dynamics. Technical Bulletin No. 0934 

State of Knowledge and Analysis of Current Research on Woodland Caribou in Canada. Technical Bulletin No. 0939 

Fragmentation in the Boreal Forest and Possible Effects on Terrestrial Life. Technical Bulletin No. 0959 

Other Resources

Loehle, C., and D.J.H. Sleep. 2015. Use and application of range mapping in assessing extinction risk in Canada. Wildlife Society Bulletin 39:658-663 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/wsb.574). 
The authors hosted a webcast to discuss this topic on January 21, 2016.

Sleep, Darren J.H., Mark C. Drever, and Kandyd J. Szuba. 2009. Potential role of spruce budworm in range-wide decline of Canada warbler (Abstract). Journal of Wildlife Management 73(4): 546-555.