Abstract Northern Goshawk Conservation Professional Guidance

A new wildlife habitat management document entitled "Maintaining the Integrity of Northern Goshawk Nesting and Post-fledging Areas in the Ecosystem Based Management Plan Area of Coastal British Columbia: Guidance for Forest Professionals", has recently been developed by the Coast Forest Conservation Initiative (CFCI). The primary objective of this document is to provide forest professionals with sufficient information to help them make appropriate decisions to maintain the integrity and long-term viability (occupancy) of Northern Goshawk (coastal subspecies - Accipiter gentilis laingi) nesting and post-fledging areas over space and time. As such, this document incorporates information from a wide body of literature relevant to the ecology and management of goshawk breeding habitat, as well as input and review by goshawk species experts.

The guidance provided in this document applies to the Crown tenure areas operated by CFCI member companies within the coastal region of British Columbia covered by the central and north coast land use orders covering the coastal Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) plan or Great Bear Rainforest. Through adoption of the guidance provided in this document, CFCI businesses commit to managing for conservation of goshawk breeding habitat, which in turn will contribute positively to the overall conservation of goshawk habitat throughout the specified region.

For the purposes of this guidance, and for operational, management and administrative purposes, those areas which are intended to be managed in order to maintain the functionality of nesting and post-fledging habitats, are called “Goshawk Management Areas” (GMA). A GMA consists of a core reserve plus a surrounding management zone. The overall size and integrity of the GMA is the primary factor affecting long term occupancy by breeding goshawks. A range of GMA sizes is recommended, accompanied by estimates of the risk of abandonment and non-occupancy of the GMA by breeding goshawks.