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Conservation Planning in Coastal Douglas-fir Ecosystems: A Quick Guide for Local Government

“Conservation Planning in Coastal Douglas-fr Ecosystems: A Quick Guide for Local
Government” was created to help local government staff implement conservation
planning for CDF ecosystems by increasing awareness of available conservation planning
resources.


The CDFCP recognizes there can be signifcant challenges for local governments wanting
to conserve CDF ecosystems. For example, these ecosystems are often not recognized
as globally unique and endangered ecosystems, nor is their economic value as natural
assets for local communities fully appreciated. Restrictions on development can be
politically unpopular, while acquiring and managing CDF lands can be expensive. In
addition, accurate mapping and data can be hard to come by and difcult to understand,
and limited incentives exist for private land owners to implement conservation measures.
There is no silver bullet to overcome these challenges. However, this Quick Guide is
intended to provide some ideas and pointers that local government staff may fnd useful.

CDFCP 2015 Conservation Strategy: Study Area & Local Government Scenarios

In the spring of 2014, the Coastal Douglas-fir and Associated Ecosystems Conservation Partnership (CDFCP) received funding through the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia (REFBC) to create a
CDFCP Conservation Strategy. Part of the funding was used to develop a basin wide landscape analysis and case studies for up to three local governments in the CDFCP region. A facilitated workshop was held on February 11, 2015 with four interested local governments: Capital Regional District (CRD), Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD), Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) and Islands Trust. The CRD, CVRD and Islands Trust indicated a willingness to continue working with the CDFCP to develop scenarios that could be used as examples of the application of the CDFCP Conservation Strategy in a local government framework. The timeline of the REFBC project did not allow for any of these local governments to fully integrate the outcomes into their own planning documents or bylaws, but the CDFCP hopes to continue to work with these partners and others towards that end. 


The CDFCP Steering Committee hopes that the local government scenarios will be helpful to other agencies and local governments working in the CDFCP region. The scenarios should be read in conjunction with the CDFCP Conservation Strategy (2015).

 

You can download the entire 2015 Conservation Strategy: Study Area & Local Government Scenarios report as a pdf by clicking here.

Towards Rare Ecosystem Conservation in a Private Landscape Project

In 2016 - 2017 the CDFCP:

  • reached out to 51 local governments providing information about the CDFCP and the work it and its partners can do to assist local government to better protect ecosystems on private land.
  • worked with the Gambier Island Local Trust Committee towards development of maps and information for its Official Community Plan review. See the Gambier Island Case Study for more information.
  • worked with the Association of BC Forestry Professionals to produce a practice reminder for forestry professionals working in the CDFCP area.
  • worked with the Peter Arcese lab at UBC to develop tools for conservation area prioritization.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping (TEM)

This project synthesizes results of bioterrain and terrestrial ecosystem mapping of the CDFmm biogeoclimatic subzone. The CDFmm occurs in south eastern BC, covering ecosystems along the eastern coastline of Vancouver Island, the southern Gulf Islands, parts of the Sunshine Coast and a portion of the Fraser Valley. On Vancouver Island, Deep Bay marks the northern extent of the CDFmm; Metchosin marks the southern boundary. From Deep Bay moving south, the subzone extends along the Strait of Georgia from sea level to an approximate elevation of 150m above sea level (asl) and includes the major centres of Nanaimo, Duncan and Victoria. The CDFmm covers or partially covers all of the Gulf Islands south of Cortes Island; including: Texada, Hornby, Denman, Lasqueti, Gabriola Galiano, Thetis, Kuper, Saltspring, North Pender, South Pender, Mayne, Saturna, Sidney and several smaller islets in between. Across the Strait of Georgia, the CDFmm covers portions of Lund, Powell River, Sechelt and the Fraser Valley for a total area of approximately 252,000 hectares. 

 

Digital maps will aid interpretation for resource management and land use planning; identified wildlife habitat capability and suitability; and to collate a comprehensive baseline data set of attributes of interest for the CDFmm. A seamless database of polygon attributes and the associated bioterrain and ecosystem data, as well as other features and parameters of interest accompanies this legend. Mapping was completed following the methods outlined in Standard for Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping in British Columbia1. Field work was completed in 2007 and 2008 at a modified survey intensity level 5.

 

Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping Legend (pdf) 

 

The full report and expanded mapping legend can be downloaded at http://a100.gov.bc.ca/pub/acat/public/viewReport.do?reportId=15273

 

A TEM Report for the Howe Sound islands is available at http://a100.gov.bc.ca/pub/acat/public/viewReport.do?reportId=40896