Facilitating the protection and restoration of species and ecosystems at risk on BC’s South Coast

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There are a number of plant nurseries and growers that propagate native plant species including trees, shrubs and flowering plants. Adding native plants and using wildlife-friendly landscaping can make the most of your backyard habitat. Learn about more about these and other ways in which to “green” your yard!
Invasive Species Toolkit for Local Government. The ISCBC is pleased to announce the release of the "Invasive Species Toolkit for Local Government", a resource for real estate professionals, developers and local governments (including regional districts and municipalities) and elected officials in BC as a means of providing information on invasive species management tools and options.
Species at Risk in the Classroom ("SARitc" for short) is the SCCP's unique curriculum resource made for formal and informal educators on the South Coast! Feel free to download the modules below and explore how you can link conservation and nature exploration objectives to your curriculum or environmental education programming. With the new BC Curriculum the time is right more than ever to connect your students to nature-based programs and resources. As part of...
In 2007 the South Coast Conservation Program commissioned a survey of residents of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley to gage awareness of species at risk and the level of support for possible provincial initiatives or legislation aimed at this issue. This survey included questions on: -Concern For Loss/Deterioration Of BC Ecosystems -Beliefs/Values/Trade Offs -Development Vs. Conservation -Legislation & Initiatives -Opinion On Valley Bottom Development -...
By carefully mapping the ecosystems and plant communities throughout the islands, we can determine which ecosystems are most rare and which are most threatened by development.  The Islands Trust Fund uses ecosystem mapping to focus our time and money on those ecosystems in greatest need of protection.
Government, First Nations,and the private sector can work together to protect the Heart of the Fraser from unchecked development. Key private lands can be purchased for conservation purposes. Governments can help to protect and manage key crown lands. This project has had a number of advasnces since its inception in 2005. The Nature Trust has continued to acquire key lands along this section of the Fraser and Dr. Marvin Rosenau of the BC Institute of Technology...
Research by the David Suzuki Foundation and others has shown that natural capital – the fields, farms, forests, wetlands, and rivers within and surrounding our communities – and the benefits it provides, are extremely valuable in monetary terms, and in reality they are truly priceless. Natural Capital Policy Review, David Suzuki Foundation 2011 Other reports in this series: Nearshore Natural Capital Valuation 2012.
The Burrard Inlet ecosystem is home to an abundance of fish, wildlife and human activity. The Burrard Inlet ecosystem is home to an abundance of fish, wildlife and Burrard inlet is a tidal salt-water body occupying 11,300 hectares in the heart of the Metro Vancouver Region. It comprises 190 kilometers of marine foreshore and a drainage basin of 98,000 ha. Fed by mountain streams and strong tidal currents, Burrard Inlet hosts numerous fish species including...
British Columbia has more biodiversity than any other province or territory in Canada. It also has the highest number of endangered species, which suggests that we are sadly failing in our responsibility to protect the web of life. Biodiversity in B.C. is increasingly under pressure from human influences such as urban sprawl, deforestation, exotic species introductions, over-harvesting and pollution. The greatest threat to biodiversity in Canada is the alteration...
  There have been a number of efforts to map out the ecological values of the South Coast's landscapes from the historic vegetation surveys of the Lower Fraser from the 1890's to the soil maps of southern BC. Captured here is a sampling of the resources out there representing a snapshot in time of the Lower Mainland's past ecological capital, providing a reminder of how much has changed and been lost over just a couple of generations. Where available we have also...

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