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Protection

There are many different factors to the depletion of the natural flora and fauna species.

Contaminants

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Silviculture Strategies

Only protection and care of our water and resources can sustain these cultural resources for the generations of First Nations people to come.



Research

Horse Logging

Assessment and Comparison of Selected Harvesting Systems with Horse Logging for Riparian Area Management.

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Riparian Management

Skeetchestn Indian Band Research and Development in Riparian Zone Management

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Sk'lep

Sk'lep Watershed Management

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Skeetchestn Cultural Resource Management Zones (SCRMZ)

In an attempt to address the deterioration of their watersheds and the loss of fisheries and riparian habitats as well as other important cultural values Skeetchestn Indian Band has implemented the concept of Cultural Resource Management Zones (C.R.M.Z.s) throughout their Traditional Territory. C.R.M.Z.s are to be established within 100 meters of all water and riparian features in Skeetchestn Traditional Territory. All C.R.M.Z.s require Cultural Heritage Overviews The canopy within these zones is to be managed for: Wildlife habitat and movement corridor values. Fisheries habitat in terms of: water temperatures contributions to stream processes and biology amelioration of spiking in the hydrograph sediment filtration capacity Traditional medicine and plants for a variety of other uses. Wind-firmness of residual stands. Applicable constraints within C.R.M.Z.s No more than 50% basal area removal in any single pass within 50 meters of water. Use of selection and shelterwood silvicultural systems. Use of light impact equipment and labour intensive harvesting methods. Assessment and protection of all potential and existing wildlife snags. Aspen, birch and sub-alpine fir will be considered preferred species within these zones and are to be encouraged for their wildlife habitat, medicinal and other Traditional values. Minimal road building within Cultural Resource Management Zones Minimum 20 meter reserves on all fish bearing and direct tributary streams where recommended by Department of Fisheries and Oceans. During this period of intense Mountain Pine Bark Beetle infestation, due to the unpredictable rates and duration of attack it is very difficult to determine if and when unacceptable E.C.A.s (Equivalent Clear Cut Areas ) will occur within any one watershed or portion thereof. These unacceptably high E.C.A.s can have extremely detrimental effects to important cultural and other First Nations values. In the case of Mountain Pine Beetle Blocks, where harvesting is occurring primarily to address forest health issues further constraints will therefore apply. These constraints include: The retention of all advanced regeneration and species other than pine within 100 meters of water and water bearing features. The removal of green attack pine only within 50 meters of water and water bearing features.

Chief Eddy Jules
Skeetchestn Indian Band



SCRMZ Planning

Deadman Watershed Clemes Creek Sub Basin

Per Contact no Riparian Impact

Pre Contact Landscape - no harvesting has been done Clemes Creek Sub Basin Area 2652.8
Harvest Impacted -0
Un-impacted Area 2652.8 100%
Clemes Creek Sub Basin Riparian Impact
Total Riparian Length 102.5
Harvest Impact -0
Un-impacted Riparian 102.5 100%

Projected Cultural Resources Management Zone Harvesting

Road Impact is unknown at this time

SCRMZ Planning Showing Harvested Area - no known water sources have been damaged Clemes Creek Sub Basin Area 2652.8
100 m CRMZ -1464
Impacted Area 1188.8 44.80%
Clemes Creek Sub Basin Riparian Impact
Total Riparian Length 102.5
Harvest Impact 0
Un-impacted Riparian 102.5 100%

The Projected 2006 / 07 Harvest will impact an additional 1.6 km of Riparian Corridor leaving 23.1 km un-impacted.

Species At Risk Act

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GIS data showing harvested area impacting 50 percent of the known water sources
Clemes Lake Drainage Riparian Impact
Total Riparian Length 102.5
Harvest Impact -51.25
Un-impacted Riparian 51.25 50.00%