Canada: Fungal Inoculation of Trees as a Habitat Enhancement Tool in Second-Growth Forests

Biodiversity is one of the management objectives for some second growth stands managed by Canadian Forest Products, a company with harvesting rights on BC public lands. Partial cutting has taken place (instead of clearcutting) to retain some habitat values. At the same time, a fungal inoculation trial is underway. The objective of the inoculation is to create nesting habitat for primary and secondary cavity dwelling wildlife, by inoculating live(decay-free) trees with native heart-rot fungi. The mature forest elements (i.e. wildlife trees, snags and coarse woody debris) created by this technique are very important to certain species such as cavity nesters, that tend to be scarce in harvested areas.