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. 

 

This document provides information on management measures that will benefit the Oregon Forestsnail (Allogona townsendiana) and associated native terrestrial gastropod fauna (slugs and land snails) found within moist deciduous and mixed-wood forest stands on the Lower Mainland and southern Vancouver Island.

The objectives of this article are to introduce this species at risk and its related conservation issues to fisheries practitioners; to request information on past and future mortalities or observations; and to recommend methods to mitigate this potential source of mortality to facilitate recovery of the species.

Despite its name, Vancouver Island Beggarticks is alsofound in the Lower Mainland in open, moist habitats atlow elevations, where water levels are high in winter andspring and low in summer. These changing water levelshelp keep the species’ open, silted, habitats suitable forgrowth. It is found in shoreline...
These frogs breed in wetlands and ponds in the spring.The tadpoles grow quickly, changing to adult form duringthe summer. Once they finish breeding, the adults leavethe wetlands and travel long distances through uplandand riparian forests. They are loyal to their homes andwill return to natal wetlands even if...
The Phantom Orchid (or Ghost Orchid) is an unusualplant that obtains its nutrients from a fungus ratherthan through sunlight and photosynthesis. The PhantomOrchid has a three-way partnership with a specificfamily of fungi (theThelophoraceae) and a (presently unidentified) tree species. Both the stem and...
The Rocky Mountain Tailed Frog and Pacific (Coastal)Tailed Frog are the only members of the family Ascaphidae and are considered to be the most primitivefrogs in the world. These species get their names from the male frog’s distinctive “tail” which is used for internal fertilization during mating....
The Coastal Giant Salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus) earns its name through its stout body, wide wedge-shaped head, and fleshy legs. Adults can reach totallengths of up to 30–35 cm! Like many other amphibians,the skin of Coastal Giant Salamanders is sensitive topollution, ultra-violet radiation and drought....
Mountain Beavers are actually not beavers, but a primitive rodent found in the Fraser Valley and the southern Cascade Mountains of British Columbia. Theyget their name from their habit of cutting small limbs off trees, although they also feed on herbaceous plants, ferns, and shrubs. Mountain Beavers are...
The Pacific Water Shrew (Sorex bendirii) has velvet-like dark brown to black fur with a dark brown tail and is also known as the Marsh Shrew. These shrews are excellent swimmers; air bubbles trapped by the fringe of hairs on their feet provide enough buoyancy to enable them to run on the surface of...

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