Environmental Sections

The land is one organism. Its parts, like our own parts, compete with each other and co-operate with each other.... To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.

Fish and Riparian Habitat

Forestry is the main economic sector, providing about one quarter of local employment.

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The plan area has high recreation values due to its landforms, climatic diversity, relatively undeveloped state, and proximity to the lower mainland.

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Species at Risk

Farms and rangelands help sustain the local and regional economy.

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Forest Biodiversity and Grassland Ecosystems

Sustainable economic development and community expansion depends, to a large part, on the availability of Crown land and water.

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Protected Areas

Hydro-electric facilities on the Bridge and Seton rivers are the third largest in the province. Expansion opportunities are limited.

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BC has around 50.000 species of wildlife and plants, its natural biodiversity is the highest in Canada and for this reason should be kept protected. The natural biodiversity of BC does not only keep the ecosystem healthy but it is also a major plus for the economical and social impact of the region. There are many actions that can be implemented in order to help conserve and protect BC’s ecosystem and keep it healthy. The improvement of species management can be studied on a landscape viewing scale that can be done by developing clear government priorities concerning species at risk as well as identifying and understanding the needs for each species to survive and thrive within the habitat area. The development of multi-species approach focuses on the management of different species at once, with a focus on the regional landscape to implement a priority species at risk action plan within provincial sub-region. The creation of a landscape-level program could be required to monitor conditions and environmental trends with the limitation of existing data. There is also a need to provide the most up-to-date information to support the identification, management, and recovery of species at risk. The best way to do this is to encourage data submission through streamline policies and procedure. Furthermore, the creation of a procedure to ensure priority action in order to identify species that should be prioritized for protection and for an assessment of the status of species. Moreover, tool improvement will facilitate the submission of data to the province. A partnership and cooperation between all levels of government, First Nations, conservation groups and private owners should be able to share more information between them in order to have a more active conservation plan.

Source: Protecting Vulnerable Species