BVRC Seminar Series
Wednesday May 8th, 2019 12:00pm-1:00pm
Old Church - Smithers, BC
In 2014, the Chelaslie Arm fire burned over 130,000 ha of the Tweedsmuir-Entiako caribou winter and migration range. The massive fire and its impact on the caribou winter and migration range has led to concerns about current and future habitat and forage supply. Long-term monitoring plots for assessing lichen/vegetation dynamics were previously established on the Tweedsmuir-Entiako caribou winter and migration range in two other recent fires: 2004 Blanchet fire & 2006 Van Tine fire. This project revisited the Blanchet and Van Tine fire plots in 2017 and re-measured terrestrial lichen abundance, competing vegetation abundance, stand structure, regeneration and coarse woody debris, to assess the response of vegetation 11-13 years post-fire.
Deb Cichowski, MSc, RPBio, RPF, Wildlife Ecologist
Deb is a wildlife ecologist based in Smithers and has worked on caribou research, inventory, management, and planning projects since 1985. From 1991 to 1999, she worked as a Resource Officer for BC Parks and is currently the sole proprietor of Caribou Ecological Consulting.
Sybille Haeussler PhD, RPF, Forest Ecologist
Sybille is a forest ecologist based in Smithers. She has a small consulting firm, is an associate researcher with BVRC, and an adjunct professor at UNBC. Since 2006 she has assisted Deb with the analysis of vegetation data on her study plots monitoring change in caribou forage lichens following mountain pine beetle attack and wildfire.
$2 non-members, free for members.