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Posted: March 6, 2019

Species at Risk Critical Habitat Screening Workshop

South Coast Conservation Program
Workshop Description
Habitat loss and modification are leading causes of population decline in many rare and endangered species. The federal Species At Risk Act (SARA) describes Critical Habitat (CH) as the habitat that is necessary for the survival or recovery of a listed wildlife species (schedule 1), and that is identified as the species’ critical habitat in a recovery strategy or in an action plan for the species. Many projects now require screening for critical habitat (CH) as part of the impact assessment process.

This workshop will provide tools and methods for screening for CH, including how to obtain CH mapping information; how to determine if one has the most current CH information for a given species; how Species at Risk (SAR) legislation is applied (for example, in the case of migratory birds that are also species at risk); and how to determine if a SAR permit is required. Participants will learn about the different jurisdictional issues affecting federal versus non-federal lands. They will have the opportunity to “workshop,” in group sessions, through mock scenarios of situations requiring SAR permits and gain practice in filling out permit applications.

In the afternoon, the BC Conservation Data Centre (CDC) will give an overview of the CDC and will demonstrate two online applications relevant to CH screening: BC Species and Ecosystems Explorer and the CDC iMAP. An update will also be provided on the status of the proposed BC SAR legislation.

Who should attend?
This workshop will be of interest to consultants and government and regional district employees involved in projects requiring critical habitat screening.

Preparation and what to bring
  • Pen and notebook (All paper materials and copies of the presentations will be provided)
  • Laptop (to practice using the on-line tools)
  • Refreshments and lunch will be provided
Location: University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Date: April 26, 2019
Event Type: Workshop
Location: Vancouver, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
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