Facilitating the protection and restoration of endangered species and ecological communities on BC’s South Coast

National and International Guidelines

Guidelines & Best Practices

A number of guidelines around best practices for conservation and recovery have been developed for species at risk, rare plants and ecological communities on the South Coast and BC. A selection is provided here that provide relevant applications to South Coast species and ecological communities (some are not found through senior agency sites).

For the most up to date information regarding guidelines and regulatory requirements for various species and ecological communities at risk in BC, please contact the relevant staff with the Province of BC, Species at Risk Program of the Ecosystems Management Branch, Environment Canada, Pacific Region or the Department of Fisheries & Oceans Canada, Pacific Region. Further information can be found on our CONTACT page. 

 

Written and edited by Christina Luzier and Shelly Miller this document is a product of the Pacific Northwest Native Freshwater Mussel Workgroup.

Mussel relocation projects are undertaken for a variety of reasons. Many projects are intended to move mussels from the zone of impact of a construction project. Others are designed to create refuge populations for species threatened with extinction. In...

Beaver as a Partner in Restoration!
More and more, restoration practitioners are using beaver to accomplish stream, wetland, and floodplain restoration. This is happening because, by constructing dams that impound water and retain sediment, beaver substantially alter the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of the surrounding river ecosystem, providing benefits to plants, fish,...
This document includes recommended Best Management Practices (BMPs) for protecting and conserving Oregon’s two native turtle species, the western painted turtle and the western pond turtle. While there are opportunities for all Oregonians to become more knowledgeable about and participate in turtle conservation efforts, this document is intended...
Great Blue Herons are found throughout British Columbia, near lakes and coastal areas. They may nest individually, or in heronries (colonies) with tens or...

Most of the 6,000 to 12,000 Pacific Great Blue Herons occur in south-coastal British Columbia and north-coastal Washington State (Butler 1997, Gebauer and Moul 2001). Primary threats to the Pacific Great Blue Heron are from Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) depredation, habitat loss, and human disturbance (Norman et al. 1989, Butler 1997...

Barn Owls are closely tied to agricultural landscapes, and if you are lucky you might see them flying silently over grass fields at dusk hunting for small mammals. In BC, Barn Owls are only found on the South Coast with the odd occurrence on southeast Vancouver Island. Unfortunately, their...

Why approach restoration from a multi-species lens, what are the methods and tools to apply? This presentation provides a primer being developed for the South Coast

Western Toads can be found from the valley bottoms to above the winter snow line across British Columbia. Unlike frogs, toads have soft, dry, warty skin with a...
Once considered relatively common, Western Screech-owls have recently declined dramatically in B.C. The coastal subspecies is considered of...

Stream channel maintenance works are required to reduce flooding and maintain drainage for farmland. Works have traditionally used excavators with sloped buckets to dredge vegetation within watercourses. However dredging is considered the most adverse and harmful method for maintaining a watercourse due to its significant negative impacts on fish and...

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