Species at Risk – On the Ground Policy is the fourth in a series of webinars focusing on the regulatory responsibilities, tools and resources to address stewardship and protection responsibilities for species at risk and their critical habitat during development and other land use activities.
View the entire series on the SCCP YouTube Channel.
Alison Peatt RPBio, Environmental Planner. South Okanagan-Similkameen Conservation Program. The Shared Environmental Planner Project, or why we need a "butterfly chaser" working for local governments?.
With more than 30 years of experience practicing applied biology in British Columbia and extensive experience in the Caribou-Chilcotin, Thompson-Nicola and Okanagan, Alison has a wide scope of practice with specialties in riparian ecosystems, species at risk and communications/ extension. With the support of the South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program (SOSCP), Alison provides environmental planning advice to the City of Penticton, District of Summerland, Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen and other Okanagan-Similkameen local governments. She works with planning departments providing guidance on revisions to Official Community Plans and Bylaws, and reviews of environmental and watercourse assessments submitted in support of development permit applications. She works with Parks departments on planning and management of parks and provides outreach and education services in public meetings and related planning processes.
Erika Nassichuk RPBio, Environmental Protection Officer. District of North Vancouver. Development Permit Areas: Single family lots and the Protection of the Natural Environment.
After completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Biology in 2008 at UBC Erika went on to complete a certificate in Leadership with the School of Business at BCIT in 2012. Erika began her career in Environmental Consulting in 2008 prior to being hired by the District of North Vancouver. Erika’s work focuses on the review of development applications for work to be done near watercourses as well as a enforcing the District’s Environment and Tree bylaws and input on storm water management plans. She also does a lot of work around invasive species. Her role with the district provides an opportunity to educate the public and work with local interest groups. Recently she has begun working on efforts to integrate species at risk protection into various policy streams and investigate the potential for using cutting edge technology like eDNA for identifying species at risk occurrence within the District.
Special thanks to…
Our hosts at the CSEB: Founded in 1964 as the Canadian Society of Wildlife Biologists, The Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists ( La Société Canadienne des Biologistes de l’Environnement) is a national organization dedicated to the communication of Canadian environmental science with chapters in every province.
Effective information sharing is a cornerstone of science. CSEB hosts webinars, publishes a quarterly bulletin with technical articles, and encourages interprovincial networking. Over the last decade effective science communication has emerged as one of the central concerns of strong environmental advocacy. To this end, CSEB welcomes partnerships with, and endeavours to support, affinity organizations interested in disseminating research and information of provincial as well as national concern to environmental scientists.
While BC species at risk policy is undoubtedly of immediate interest to British Columbians, it will also be of interest to researchers outside our political borders. CSEB is pleased to assist in making this conversation nationally accessible. Parties interested in knowing more about CSEB should contact us at https://cseb-scbe.org/
Funding for planning and development of the SCCP Species at Risk webinar series was provided by Environment Canada and Climate Change's Habitat stewardship Program for Species At Risk.