Completed Project: Spring 2005 – Spring 2012
The Sulphur 8 Mile (S8M) Stone’s Sheep Project was a multi-
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-
- 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).
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-
- 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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Executive summary and management recommendations: Stone’s sheep population dynamics and habitat use in the Sulphur / 8 Mile oil and gas pre-
Final research report: Stone’s sheep population dynamics and habitat use in the Sulphur / 8 Mile oil and gas pre-
Administrative report: S8M Stone’s Sheep Project
Interim Reports and Work Plans
Industry guidelines proposal (Churchill 2010)
Sulphur / 8 Mile Stone’s sheep community knowledge project (Peck 2009).
S8M Stone’s sheep survey, March 2004 (Elliott 2004).
Parasitology survey for Stone’s sheep from 3 M-
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
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-
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-
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-
Project Overview. Guide Outfitters Association of BC Stone’s Sheep Workshop. Prince George BC, November 28-
Project Overview and Progress Report. Muskwa-
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
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-
Habitat selection and behavioural strategies of Stone’s sheep in the Besa-
Ecology and health of Stone’s sheep in the Dunlevy / Schooler area, northeastern BC (Wood et al. 2010).
Local Management Plans and Guidelines
Fort Nelson Land and Resource Management Plan (MSRM 1997).
BC Parks Management Plan for Muncho Lake Park (2003).
BC Parks Management Plan for Stone Mountain Park (2003).
Best Management Practices
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).
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
Special thanks to the residents of Toad River for their support and friendship!