The Forest Management branch initiated a study aimed at identifying forest harvesting practices that would minimize deleterious impacts on terrestrial forage lichens in the winter range of the Carcross caribou herd. The project was designed in the summer of 2012 and laid out in the fall of 2013.
During the winter of 2014-15, variable retention harvesting will occur in three 9 ha blocks that are each divided into three treatment units (1/3 basal area removal, 2/3 basal area removal and 100% retention –nonharvested controls). The treatment units are each separated by a 100 m buffer.
The site is lodgepole pine dominated with a minor component of white spruce and deciduous trees. The mean DBH of the coniferous trees in the study area is 16.6 cm, with a mean height of 15.9 m.
The treatment objectives of this project are:
Very little formal research has been conducted in Yukon on the relationship between canopy closure and lichen abundance in response to variable retention forest harvesting systems. The aim of this study is to provide an opportunity to conduct research to explore the relationships and provide guidance on when, where, and how to prescribe variable retention harvesting treatments in known southern lakes caribou lichen habitat. The results may assist with the development of forestry best management practices and mitigations during planning and project assessments.
If you would like more information on any of the projects listed below, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are involved in managing a network of research forests across the Yukon. These research forests were originally established by the Government of Canada for the purposes of forest research and forest management studies. The first draft strategic plan the Gunnar Nilsson and Mickey Lammers Research Forest was released in 2004.
Historical Yukon Forestry Research 2 MB (2009)
This document contains a summary of forestry research projects initiated between 1972-1992, and the recommendations will be used to guide our future silviculture research priorities.
The purpose of the “Effects of Historical Timber Harvesting Practices on Caribou Forage Lichen Abundance Near Marsh Lake, Yukon” was to look at the relationship between levels of retention and lichen abundance in historical harvesting in the Lewes Marsh area. The next phase of this project, Phase 2, is an adaptive management study which will include an experimental design has been initiated and will be completed in early 2013.
Climate Change Research (2010)
Along with the Champagne and Aishihik First Nation, University of British Columbia (UBC), and the Model Forest: Special Project Area Program, we are supporting UBC researchers who are leading a series of focus group discussions on climate change in the Champagne and Aishihik Traditional Territory. The aim of this part of the project is to gather viewpoints of resource management practitioners on alternative forest renewal strategies and if they may be undertaken in light of climate change to achieve the objectives of the plan.
The University of Northern British Columbia is currently conducting research on assessing the vulnerability to climate change and adaptive capacity of Yukon forest tree species and ecosystems. This is a 3 year project that was initiated in 2008.
Fuel Abatement Monitoring Program
In cooperation with the Champagne and Aishihik First Nation and with assistance from the Research and Monitoring and Fuel Abatement Technical Working Groups, we initiated a successful pilot program to monitor the effectiveness of fuel abatement treatments in the southwest Yukon. The objectives of the pilot monitoring program were:
Emerging Research Activities
We are interested in your feedback. If you are currently conducting forestry related research or are considering initiating a research project in the Yukon, we are interested in hearing from you.