Forest & Range Evaluation Program Biodiversity Monitoring
The term biodiversity in British Columbia is used to refer to life in all its forms and the habitat and natural processes that support life. A component of this biodiversity definition is species diversity, meaning the number of different plants, animals, fungi and simple organisms such as bacteria and protozoa. Government sets out in the Forest Planning and Practices Regulation, management objectives for both stand-level and landscape-level biodiversity.
The goal of stand-level biodiversity monitoring is to determine whether the present policy of retaining wildlife tree patches and riparian reserves is achieving the desired levels and types of structures to maintain species diversity.
Both stand-level and landscape-level biodiversity are evaluated through a combination of routine resource stewardship monitoring (RSM) and intensive effectiveness evaluations.