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Keeping Nature in Our Future: Designing and Implementing Ecosystem Connectivity in the Okanagan

Okanagan Collaboration Conservation Program
Published: 2014
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This guide provides an introduction to the key concepts in landscape fragmentation and ecosystem connectivity, and an overview of policies, tools, and information that could improve and protect wildlife corridors and connected habitats. The guide is intended to help direct the ecosystem connectivity planning process by outlining steps or considerations that could be taken into account including:
·         Defining the process
·         Determining a planning area/scale
·         Setting goals and targets
·         Identifying patches and corridors
·         Field review
·         Considering land tenure, focal species, linkages with other jurisdictions
·         Identifying barriers
·         Considering shifts due to climate change
·         Refine mapping to a network of linked patches and corridors
·         Finalize plan and monitor species movement and indicators of health
The guide includes detailed information in the Appendix on: ecosystem patches (size, shape, quality, location, arrangement); connectivity elements or corridors (species, width, riparian and upland areas, habitat quality, scale, configuration); planning and design steps; roads and other land use barriers; climate change implications; local government tools (regional conservation and growth strategies, official community plans, zoning, development permit areas, subdivision, development cost charges, conservation covenants).
Subject Area(s):
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystems
  • Environment
  • Land Use
  • Mapping/Inventory
  • Habitat
  • Agriculture Plan
  • Biodiversity Action Plan
  • Official Community Plan
  • Regional Growth Strategy
  • Sensitive Ecosystems Protection Plan
  • Zoning Bylaw
  • Biodiversity Conservation Plan
  • Development Permit Area
  • Habitat Stewardship or Restoration Plan
  • Land Use Plan
  • Parks and Protected Areas Plan
  • Best Practices
  • Case Studies
  • List of Resources
  • Planning Tools/Actions
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