The regional Mule Deer Winter Range committee
was formed to develop management plans for each of the
100 mule deer winter ranges within the Cariboo-Chilcotin
Land Use Plan (CCLUP) area, and reports to the Inter-Agency
Management Committee (IAMC).
The members of the MDWR
committee include representatives from the Ministry
of Environment (formerly Water, Land and Air Protection
/ Sustainable Resource Management) and the Ministry of Forests.
The MDWR committee liaises with the CLMA MDWR working group
as issues arise and indicates to them which mule deer winter
range plans/objectives are currently in progress.
of Forests Cariboo Region includes many references
for valuable research papers on local mule deer winter
The Cariboo - Chilcotin Land Use Plan
The CCLUP Integration Report has directed
that management plans for all winter ranges be completed
by the end of 2006. The mule deer winter range committee
expects to meet this deadline. In addition, the committee
will work towards completing long-term objectives and
releasing them as soon as possible.
Those familiar with the "Mule
Deer Handbook" (Handbook for Timer and Mule Deer
Management Co-ordination on Winter Ranges in the Cariboo
Forest Region 1986), the Regional
Mule Deer Strategy (1996) prepared for the CCLUP and
the Integration Report will find that the mule deer winter
range management plans are a refinement of the direction
given by the above mentioned documents. For more details
of Mule Deer Winter Range Planning to Integration Report
Direction (PDF 29KB)
Chilcotin Land Use Plan Reports
About the Plans
The MDWR management plans include long-term
habitat objectives for various zones within each winter
range as well as short-term harvesting opportunities to
2026. Plans are meant to be used by forest managers proposing
and planning development on MDWRs, as well as those whose
role is to regulate and monitor development.
In November 2000 the MDWR committee
prepared an update, with Interim Management Guidelines for Mule Deer Winter Range (PDF 197KB).
Harvesting decisions made prior to the completion
of management plans could have a large influence on how
quickly each winter range and the individual stands within
it can move towards their long-term objectives. The Interim
Management Guidelines provide the MDWR committee's recommendations
on harvest approvals in the interim period between now
and when winter range plans are completed. (please note
that the Interim Management Guidelines now contain a clarification
on woodlots (section 1.3) not contained in the original
The management of a particular winter
range is made up of three or four parts, depending on snowpack zone (see note below). These parts
Part 1a: Management
Plan for Shallow and Moderate Snowpack Zones.
This plan describes the management objectives for mule
deer winter ranges that are predominantly within the
moderate and shallow snowpack zones in the Cariboo-Chilcotin
This report has been sub-divided into smaller sections
due to the size of the file and concerns for downloading.
Please familiarize yourself with the files available
for downloading by reading the
readme_drybelt.txt file on our
Part 1b: Management Plan for Transition and Deep Snowpack
This is a similar plan to Part 1a but focused on management of mule deer winter range in transition and
deep snowpack zones.
Part 2: Long-term Objectives Map for Individual Winter
These maps show the spatial location of all winter
range habitat objectives on each individual winter range.
They will be released as they are completed.
Part 3: Transition-Period
Harvest Opportunity Plan for Individual Winter Ranges.
These plans will be prepared for each winter range to
document harvest opportunities available on that specific
winter range until 2026 and any important specific management
requirements. These will be short 3 - 5 page documents,
which will be released as they are completed.
*Note: The Snowpack map (PDF 467 KB)
can be viewed, or download the plot file from our
The e00 file is an Arc/Info export file of the snowpack coverage. Snowpack.zip contains the snowpack map (rtl file) without
parks and protected areas. Snowpack_PAS.zip is the same map with parks and protected areas. Both of these plots can be sent to a
plotter, not a printer, as the dimensions are 41"x35".
Planning Status of Individual Mule Deer Winter Ranges
To check the current planning status
of individual winter ranges, click on the appropriate
winter range grouping.
Williams Lake TSA
100 Mile TSA
MDWRs with completed
MDWRs with completed long-term
A detailed checklist
(PDF 91 KB) outlines the planning tasks completed for each
MDWR Boundary Evaluations
The Mule Deer Winter Range Committee
is evaluating winter range boundaries as part of its
planning process. Mule Deer winter range maps currently available are linked below. Boundary adjustments to winter ranges in
other TSAs will also be displayed on this web site when