Gilnockie Creek Management Direction Statement ER #104
Protected Area Attributes Conservation
␣ Contains provincially significant old growth western larch. ␣ Situated in the under-represented McGillivray Range Ecosection (1 % protected
province wide). ␣ Contains under-represented ICH mk1 biogeoclimatic subzone/variant (4% protected
province wide). ␣ One red-listed plant species (sweet marsh butterweed1) occurs in the wetland portion. ␣ Offers habitat for elk and white tail deer. ␣ Offers habitat for a variety of avian species including American kestrel, ruffed grouse,
red crossbill, gray jay, bald eagle, and evening grosbeak. ␣ Provides approximately 2 km of riparian habitat along both Gilnockie Creek and the
Yahk River. ␣ Provides potential habitat for tailed frog (red-listed).
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␣ The Archaeological Registry (Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management ) has no records of archaeological sites within the boundaries of the ecological reserve.
␣ First Nations’ traditional uses within the ecological reserve included food harvesting, habitat uses and travel camp.
Education and Research
␣ Potential for silvicultural research on western larch. ␣ Serves as a genetic bank for old growth larch. ␣ Studies regarding habitat suitability/enhancement for tailed frog (possible partners:
University of British Columbia and the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program).
Significance in the Protected Area System
␣ One of the few areas within the province where old growth western larch are preserved.
␣ Protects important riparian habitat along the lower reaches of Gilnockie Creek and the Yahk River.
␣ The small wetland provides suitable growing conditions for one vascular plant species at risk (sweet marsh butterweed).
␣ Provides streamside habitat that is suitable for geographically restricted populations of tailed frog (red listed).
1 Senecio foetidus var. hydrophiloides (one of two varieties of Senecio foetidus) is commonly referred to as sweet marsh butterweed. Recently, the two varieties have taxonomically merged and are known solely as Senecio hydrophiloides.
Gilnockie Creek Ecological Reserve: Draft Management Direction Statement 2003