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Western yew management in British Columbian forests : recommendations for conservation-based management strategies for species protection

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dc.contributor.author Woods, Sarah
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-18T17:14:48Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-18T17:14:48Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-09
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2429/42740
dc.description.abstract Western yew or Pacific yew (Taxus brevifolia Nutt.) is an ancient conifer that has been a component of British Columbian Coastal and Interior forests for millions of years. Yew is not uncommon within its range, with distribution patterns ranging from scattered to dense patches depending on the site. However, the species is fairly sensitive as it is slow growing with a narrow ecological range. Past lessons of overexploitation for the species’ anticarcinogen properties have shown how easily it is to virtually eliminate yew from stands where it naturally occurs. Harvesting practices continue to be a serious threat to Western yew and with limited species conservation forest legislation in the province, there appears to be little consideration for this tree’s ecological services and importance to First Nations groups. The essay provides a literature review on Western yew, describing its major characteristics, ecological and social significance, and threats to its health and sustainability. The report then analyses the potential direction of Western yew management in BC’s forests by discussing the first steps to innovative forest practices provided by the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Auditor General’s report on BC’s forest practices. The implementation of Western yew protection in BC forest management is then discussed using the Haida Gwaii Strategic Land Use Agreement as a primary example of a species specific conservation strategy. Given the success of this strategy, the report recommends similar approaches to be executed in other forest districts within the province in order to encourage the conservation of Western yew throughout its natural range. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries University of British Columbia, Forestry Undergraduate Essays/Theses, 2011 winter session, FRST 497 en_US
dc.subject Pacific yew en_US
dc.subject Taxus brevifolia en_US
dc.subject Taxol en_US
dc.subject Yew big bud mite en_US
dc.subject Climate change en_US
dc.subject Harvesting practices en_US
dc.subject Forest and Range Practices Act en_US
dc.subject FRPA en_US
dc.subject Auditor General of BC en_US
dc.subject Haida Gwaii Land Use Agreement en_US
dc.subject Western yew en_US
dc.title Western yew management in British Columbian forests : recommendations for conservation-based management strategies for species protection en_US
dc.type text en_US
dc.description.affiliation Forestry, Faculty of en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Unreviewed en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Undergraduate en_US

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