BC Fisher Habitat

British Columbia Fisher Habitat and Forestry Web Module

Fisher Sub-Boreal Habitat Zone

Fisher Sub-Boreal Habitat Zone

Downloadable content with information and resources (e.g., maps, summary tables with quantitative management targets, pictures, and presentations) to facilitate the identification, conservation, recruitment, and enhancement of fisher habitat within the Sub-Boreal Habitat Zone of B.C.

Select Your Job / Role:

Forest Industry

  • Stewardship and planning forester
  • Forestry biologist
  • Licensee planner
  • FLNRO Ecosystem staff
  • Forestry contractor/consultant

Non-Forest Industry

  • First Nations government
  • Trapper
  • Others interested in the conservation, recruitment, and enhancement of fisher habitat
  • Layout crew
  • Pre-harvest cruiser
  • Logging supervisors/Operational forester
  • Silviculture forester/consultant
  • Road layout crew
  • Feller-buncher operator
  • Post-harvest silviculture assessor
  • Wildlife tree assessor
  • Site prep: skidder/forwarder
  • Anyone interested in the conservation, recruitment, and enhancement of fisher habitat
Downloadable Tools:

Planning Tools:

To use when designing or evaluating harvest or other habitat changes.

Conditions and Targets (PDF, 0.3 MB)

Reference information on desired habitat conditions and targets for both planners and harvest personnel. To be used in concert with spatial data.

Users Guide to Spatial Data (PDF 1.0 MB)

Detailed guide on how to use the planning tools provided here.

YouTube video of how to use British Columbia fisher habitat spatial data.

Spatial Data (.zip containing ArcGIS file geodatabase, 518 MB; updated Sep 2018)

GIS shapefiles to identify fisher habitat conditions and targets. *Requires ArcGIS (or compatible) software.

If you do not have ArcGIS capabilities, please contact Rich.Weir@gov.bc.ca with details of your area of interest (e.g., trapline number, traditional territory boundaries) to receive a Google Earth KML file of your area.

Field Tools:

To identify fisher habitat on-the-ground before and during harvest

Pictorial guide               (PDF, 3 MB)

Photos and other info to help identify fisher habitat in the field. View on computer, print, or take with you on a tablet or phone.

Computer or print version          Tablet-ready version

Phone-ready version

Field guide              (PDF, 0.6 MB)

Tool to help field users identify and retain fisher habitat in forestry operations. View on computer, print, or take with you on a tablet or phone.

Print version (4×7 notebook)          Tablet-ready version

Phone-ready version

General Education Tools:

To learn more about fisher or how tools were developed.

  • Presentation: Fishers The most interesting carnivore you’ve never seen. (PDF, 12 MB)
    A general presentation of fisher ecology.
  • Presentation: Habitat Conditions and Targets Identification 
    A graphical description of how the specific habitat conditions and targets were identified.
End-User Agreement
  • This spatial data contains specific information on habitat use of fishers (Pekania pennanti) in British Columbia based on research conducted in the province over the past 25 years.
  • The information within represents the best available information to preserve fisher habitat during forests management operations in B.C.
  • Guidance is intended to inform resources professionals and is not to be interpreted as direction nor is it legally binding.

By downloading this data, you acknowledge that:

  1. The sole intent of this spatial data is to identify retention targets for fisher habitats in forestry operations.
  2. This data is not a predictive model and does not predict habitat suitability, capability, or importance and therefore is not appropriate for analyzing the effects of developments on fishers or their habitats.
  3. The model uses Rank 1 polygons in the provincial Vegetation Resources Inventory (VRI), Reporting Silviculture Updates and Land Status Tracking System (RESULTS), Harvested Areas of BC (Consolidated Cutblocks), and permitted harvest units available within Forest Tenure Harvesting Authority spatial data to characterize fisher habitat and, therefore, is subject to the strengths and limitations inherent with these data sets, including inaccuracies and imprecision which may be considerable in some areas. 
  4. The model is imperfect. Stands identified as Type I fisher habitat may or may not include the habitat features that fishers necessarily need for the specified life activity. Ground-truthing is required to confirm habitat conditions.
  5. This spatial data is subject to change as additional data becomes available.
  6. To ensure spatial data is up-to-date and to find additional information and forest management planning tools please visit www.BCfisherhabitat.ca.

To receive future updates to the spatial data, please send an email request to Rich.Weir@gov.bc.ca to be put on the notification list.