Moose Winter Habitat Enhancement

Cutblocks, burn areas, and avalanche slide areas can become a beneficial habitat for moose. This is because moose rely on many early seral stage species for their winter diet. These species include willow, wild rose, highbush-cranberry, aspen, birch, and red-osier dogwood. These species thrive when overstory trees are removed, by natural or human disturbance, which allows light to penetrate to the forest floor. Moose preferentially browse on new growth, fresh leaves and sprouts, up to 2.5 metres high. However, once browse species exceed this height, moose can no longer forage on them. So in order to maintain moose winter habitat we are pruning back important browse species in key moose areas.