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From woodpeckers to bats and bears: Wildlife and Trees in British Columbia provides a well researched source of information on managing forest ecosystems to sustain primary cavity excavators (key stone species), secondary cavity users and open nesters; important elements of biological diversity. The guide clarifies the fascinating links between tree-dependent wildlife and the trees that provide them with vital habitat.

This guide is designed for anyone interested in or involved with forests, from foresters to biologists and civil planners to naturalists and woodlot owners. It explains what wildlife trees are, how trees develop special features and what species seek what features. The ecosystem management chapters draw from conservation biology principles and link forest landscapes to forest stands, and to decisions on conservation of individual trees. This is applicable to management of trees and forests wherever they occur. The coarse filter conservation framework (habitat management) is supplemented with fine filter conservation provisions for species at risk (species management). The 26 tree species accounts (17 conifers and 8 hardwoods) feature the major trees of the temperature and boreal forests; their site preferences, longevity and decay stages. The 66 wildlife species accounts feature wildlife tree-dependent birds and mammals in British Columbia. Most trees and wildlife species ranges in this guide extend outside of BC and information in the guide is applicable where species occupy a similar ecological niche.

Written by professional foresters and biologists, this guide integrates conservation biology with tree-management practices. It offers well-researched and practical recommendation to protect biological diversity at both local and regional levels.

  • Size 8.5" X 5.5"
  • Field guide sized and quality soft cover
  • Pages 336
  • 235 color photographs of wildlife, wildlife habitat and trees
  • Includes: illustrations, tree silhouettes, 66 range distribution maps and 25 figures