S8M Stone’s Sheep Project

The Sulphur 8 Mile (S8M) Stone’s Sheep Project was a multi-stakeholder research and planning initiative that developed as a result of oil and gas pre-tenure plan requirements in the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area of northern British Columbia. The goal was to understand the potential impacts of resource development on Stone’s sheep populations, and identify management strategies for consideration in resource planning.

Research completed in 2005 – 2010 focused on understanding Stone’s sheep population demographics and distribution, adult female survival and mortality patterns, habitat use patterns, and herd health.  In 2008, the project expanded to study habitat use by adult males.

Final analyses were reported in 2012.  Read the Executive Summary: Population dynamics and habitat use in the Sulphur 8 Mile oil and gas pre-tenure plan area, northern British Columbia, 2005 – 2010.

  • Community and Traditional Knowledge
  • Morphology and Health Parameters
  • Population Demographics and Estimation
  • Habitat Use and Selection
  • Survival and Mortality Factors
  • Management Considerations

For links to project reports and other Stone’s sheep resources visit our project library (scroll down this page).

 

 

Project Partners

The North Peace Stone’s Sheep Sustainability Steering Committee was established as an independent working group of industry, government, resource, and conservation sector representatives to address commitments made in the M-KMA pre-tenure planning process.  With support from a Science Advisory Committee, the Steering Committee was charged with developing a Stone’s sheep research program and providing management recommendations to the M-KMA Advisory Board and the BC Government.  From 2006 to 2012, the research was managed and implemented by Synergy Applied Ecology (SAE), an independent firm working on behalf of the committees under multiple agreements with project funding partners.  Local and traditional knowledge of Stone’s sheep ecology was compiled by Ross Peck and the Kaska Dene Institute.  

Financial Contributions

  • BC Oil and Gas Commission Science and Community Environmental Knowledge Fund
  • Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation
  • Muskwa-Kechika Management Area Trust Fund
  • Trans Canada Pipelines Ltd.
  • BC Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources Environmental Policy Program
  • BC Ministry of Environment
  • Province of BC Integrated Land Management Bureau
  • North Peace Rod and Gun Club
  • Northern BC Guides Association
  • Northeast BC Wildlife Fund
  • Wild Sheep Society of BC
  • BC Canada Energy Company
  • Dawson Creek Sportsman’s Club

 

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Project Library

This page replaces the old S8M Sheep project website, the old S8M Sheep project library and the steering and science committee project admin pages (now closed).

Final Reports

Executive summary and management recommendations: Stone’s sheep population dynamics and habitat use in the Sulphur / 8 Mile oil and gas pre-tnure plan area, northern BC, 2005 – 2010  (Hengeveld and Cubberley 2012).

Final research report:  Stone’s sheep population dynamics and habitat use in the Sulphur / 8 Mile oil and gas pre-tnure plan area, northern BC, 2005 – 2010  (Hengeveld and Cubberley 2011).

Administrative report: S8M Stone’s Sheep Project

Publications

Mark-resight analysis of overwinter distribution and survival: Stone’s sheep demographics in the S8M project area, northern British Columbia, winter 2006/2007.  Bienn. Symp. North. Wild Sheep and Goat Counc. 16:106-121

Interim Reports and Work Plans

Industry guidelines proposal (Churchill 2010)

Sulphur / 8 Mile Stone’s sheep community knowledge project (Peck 2009).

M-KMA data report on habitat mapping (Wheate 2007).

Work plan

Problem analysis of the Stone’s sheep situation in northeastern BC (AXYS 2005).

S8M Stone’s sheep survey, March 2004 (Elliott 2004).

Parasitology survey for Stone’s sheep from 3 M-KMA populations: Stone Range, Sentinel Range, Terminal Range (Jenkins and Schwantje 2004).

Meetings

MOU on Roles and Responsibilities, 2009 – 2011

STEERING COMMITTEE

Committee Terms of Reference

SCIENCE COMMITTEE

Committee Terms of Reference

Newsletters

Newsletter No. 1 Spring ‘06

Newsletter No. 2 Spring ‘07

Newsletter No. 3 Summer ‘07

Newsletter No. 4 Fall ‘07

Newsletter No. 5 Winter ‘08

Newsletter No. 6 Spring ‘08

Newsletter No. 7 Summer ‘08

Project Presentations

Management framework, Presentation to the Steering Committee October 2008 (Hengeveld)

Methods to Determine Road Use of Stone’s Sheep in the Sulphur / 8 Mile Project Area, NE British Columbia. Central Interior Logging Association – Men at the Crossroads Conference. Prince George, BC  October 24-25, 2011 (Cubberley)

Use of highway corridors by Stone’s sheep ewes.  Bienn. Symp. North. Wild Sheep and Goat Counc. 17:61 (Cubberley)

Project Overview and Research Update. Ministry of Environment Biologists Meeting. 2008. (Thiessen)

A Comparison of Early and Late Winter Demographics and Distribution in the Sulphur / 8 Mile Project Area, NE British Columbia. Northern Wild Sheep and Goat Council Symposium. Midway, Utah  April 30, 2008 (Cubberley)

Project Overview and Research Update. Wild Sheep Society of BC AGM. Kamloops BC, March 14 2008 (Hengeveld)

Project Overview and Expected Outcomes. BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Oil and Gas Environmental Stewardship Program Forum. Delta Ocean Pointe Resort, Victoria BC,  March 11-12 2008 (Hengeveld)

Project Overview and Research Update. Toad River Community Hall. Toad River BC, January 20, 2008 (Hengeveld and Cubberley)

Project Overview and Research Update. Fort Nelson LRMP Meeting. The Bear Pit, Fort Nelson BC,  December 06, 2007 (Churchill and Hengeveld)

Project Overview and Research Update. Northern BC Guides Association AGM. Fort St. John BC,  November 23, 2007 (Churchill and Hengeveld)

Project Progress Report. Muskwa-Kechika Advisory Board Meeting. Mackenzie BC,  October 12 2007 (Hengeveld and Cubberley)

Project Overview. Guide Outfitters Association of BC Stone’s Sheep Workshop. Prince George BC,  November 28-29 2006 (Hengeveld)

Project Overview and Progress Report.  Muskwa-Kechika Advisory Board Meeting. Fort Nelson BC,  November 1st 2006 (Hengeveld and Cubberley)

Stone’s Sheep Situation in Northeast BC. Presentation of Draft Results to the Stone’s Sheep Steering Committee. Fort St John BC, March 21, 2005 (AXYS/Keim)

Project Work Plan. GOABC Northern Guide Outfitters Meeting. Fort St John,  November 27 2004 (Churchill)

In the News

  • Alaska Highway News, April 1 2006
  • Vancouver Sun, April 3 2006
  • Fort Nelson News, April 15 2006
  • MEMPR Oil and Gas Environmental Stewardship Projects report on 2005/2006 research, May 2006
  • Muskwa-Kechika Management Area newsletter, summer 2007
  • Alaska Highway News, September 3 2008
  • Northeast News, September 3 2008

 

Other Data Sources for Stone’s Sheep in Northeast BC

Peace region Stone’s sheep inventory, March 2007 (Thiessen, draft).

Peace region WMU 7-52 Stone’s sheep inventory, March 2009 (Thiessen 2009).

Habitat selection and behavioural strategies of Stone’s sheep in the Besa-Prophet.  Summary report for the Muskwa-Kechika Advisory Board (Parker and Walker 2007).

Habitat selection and behavioural strategies of Stone’s sheep in the Besa-Prophet area (Walker 2005).

Ecological importance of licks to Stone’s sheep, elk, moose, mountain goats in the Besa-Prophet area (Ayotte 2004).

Foraging ecology and nutrition of Stone’s sheep in the Toad River study area (Seip 1983).

Ecology and health of Stone’s sheep in the Dunlevy / Schooler area, northeastern BC (Wood et al. 2010).

Local Management Plans and Guidelines

Muskwa-Kechika Oil and Gas Pre-Tenure Plans (MSRM 2004).

Muskwa-Kechika Wildlife Strategy (MoE 2009).

Fort Nelson Land and Resource Management Plan (MSRM 1997).

Muskwa-Kechika Management Area Management Plan (Oct 1997).

BC Parks Management Plan for Muncho Lake Park (2003).

BC Parks Management Plan for Stone Mountain Park (2003).

Best Management Practices

Muskwa-Kechika Wildlife Strategy technical manual (MoE 2009).

Recommendations for industry practice guidelines for Stone’s sheep in northeastern BC. Pages 50 – 58  in Problem analysis of the Stone’s sheep situation in northeastern BC (AXYS 2005).

Flying in sheep country (Churchill 2003).

Flying in sheep country (MWLAP 2003).

Flying in sheep country (Laberge 2002).

Wildlife guidelines for commercial backcountry recreation (MWLAP 2002).

Management recommendations for bighorn sheep in forestry contexts (MWLAP 2004).

General Management Considerations

Status of thinhorn sheep in British Columbia (Demarchi 2004).

Stone’s sheep – preparing for the future. An action plan for Stone’s sheep (GOABC 2007).

Stone’s sheep of the Northern Rockies: the effects of access (Paquet and Demarchi 1999).

A working hypothesis for thinhorn sheep management (Heimer 1999).

A working hypothesis for bighorn sheep management (Toweill 1999).

Related documents and links

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Special thanks to the residents of Toad River for their support and friendship!

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