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Provincial Technical Advisory Committee

The Provincial Technical Advisory Committee was formed to help create, revise and perfect the methodology and processes that guide the Priority Grasslands Initiative. It was made up of individuals from a number of different backgrounds, including:

  • government
  • agrology
  • ecology
  • biology
  • naturalists
  • First Nations

The committee worked hard to come up with relevant and inclusive terms of reference and working definitions for the Priority Grasslands Initiative. To do so, the group met a number of times over the past few years to:

  • determine the methodology that will be used to identify priority areas
  • make recommendations for use of available rare or important ecosystems and species at risk GIS data inventories and habitat models
  • develop procedure to obtain expert input in areas where GIS data is not available
  • ensure methodology and process is rigorously tested for accuracy in the field
  • develop extension information regarding the initiative
  • review levels for categorizing priority grasslands

To view minutes from PTAC meetings, click here. This page is password protected.

The GCC would like to sincerely thank the members of the PTAC committee for all their hard work. Our deepest gratitude goes to:

  • Art Anthony, Shuswap Tribal Council, Neskonlith Indian Band
  • Phil Belliveau, Senior Ecosystems Biologist, Ministry of Environment
  • Carmen Cadrin, Program Ecologist, Ministry of Environment
  • Orville Dyer, Wildlife Biologist, Ministry of Environment
  • Dr. Lauchlan Fraser, Canada Research Chair, Thompson Rivers University
  • Cindy Haddow, Range Specialist, Ministry of Environment
  • Jared Hobbs, Ecosystems Specialist, Ministry of Environment
  • Kristi Iverson, Consulting Ecologist, Iverson and Mackenzie Biological Consulting Ltd.
  • Ted Lea, Vegetation Ecologist, Ministry of Environment
  • Dennis Lloyd, Regional Ecologist, Ministry of Forests and Range
  • Terry Macdonald, Okanagan-Shuswap LRMP Coordinator, Ministry of Agriculture and Lands
  • Nancy Mahony, Program Evaluation Biologist, Environment Canada
  • Larry Price, Director, Land Information BC
  • Ordell Steen, Consulting Ecologist, O.A. Steen Consulting
  • John Surgenor, Wildlife Biologist, Ministry of Environment
  • Rick Tucker, Range Reference Area Agrologist, Ministry of Forests and Range
  • Eric Valdal, Land Information Specialist, Ministry of Environment
  • Frances Vyse, Kamloops Naturalists Club
  • Phil Youwe, Range Officer, Ministry of Forests and Range