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

Programs

In 2006, the South Coast Conservation Program (SCCP) and the Fraser Valley Conservancy (FVC) joined forces to encourage protection of endangered species on private land. The South Coast has a high level of biodiversity thanks to a variety of ecosystems.  However, the region’s natural plants and animals also face the challenge of living in the most densely populated area of the Province. Currently, there are over 260 endangered species that can be found in the...
A summary from an afternoon of networking and visioning on the possibilities, issues and challenges for conserving species and ecosystems at risk on the South Coast of BC. You can watch the slideshow online (best viewed full screen), you can also download the slideshow as a PowerPoint slideshow file (17 mb).    
In Canada, the red-listed, federally at risk Pacific Water Shrew (Sorex bendirii) or “PWS” is found only in specific riparian habitats in the extreme southwest of BC (Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Howe Sound). Sharing its habitat on the South Coast, Western Painted Turtle - Pacific Coast population (Chrysemys picta pop. 1) is also of conservation concern. Both species reflect the need for improved surveying and monitoring techniques using a multi-species...
In Canada, the red-listed, federally at risk Pacific Water Shrew or “PWS” (Sorex bendirii) is found only in specific riparian habitats in the extreme southwest of BC (Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Howe Sound). This workshop was designed to provide an overview and update on PWS inventory and management practices for land managers (regulators and policy makers and professional practitioners dealing with species at risk on the South Coast). It will also link...
BioBlitz events have become popular throughout Canada and the US, supported by organizations like Robert Bateman’s “Get to Know Program”, Parks Canada and a number of universities, local governments and environmental non-government organizations. On BC’s South Coast, BioBlitzes have become annual events, with the SCCP having hosted four since 2008.
This workshop was designed to provide First Nations and local land and resource managers in the Fraser Valley with updates on a range of species at risk stewardship initiatives and practices. It was also an opportunity to dialogue on challenges and resource needs for species at risk conservation efforts as well as the potential for collaboration and capacity building.

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