On occasion, the GCC enters into collaborative ventures with other groups or organizations to deliver projects or activities that are consistent with the GCC mandate but are not considered part of the GCC's core operations. These ventures usually entail an administrative role for the GCC and currently include the following:
- Grassland Species at Risk Action Planning
- Biogeoclimatic Ecoystem Classification Program
- Thompson Rivers University and University of British Columbia Research Program
- Plant Health in First Nations Land (Ministry of Agriculture and Lands)
- Range Program
- Small Mammal Habitat Analysis (Ministry of Forest and Range)
Grassland Species at Risk Action Planning
The Species at Risk Coordinator supports Grassland Species at Risk (SAR) recovery plan implementation throughout the Southern Interior. In partnership with the provincial and federal governments, the GCC is collaborating with stakeholders, communities and industries to find ways to effectively implement recovery actions for grassland species at risk, specifically those depending on grassland ecosystems.
Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification (BEC)
The Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification: Ecologically Based Management of BC's Ecosystems (BEC) Program reflects the province's extremely diverse landscapes, strong regional climatic gradients and complex local site variations. Over the past 30 years, BEC has provided the ecological framework as well as an ecologically based working language for ecosystem management in BC. As a result, the province is regarded as a leader in ecologically-based management in North America.
The BEC mission is to provide a scientifically based ecological framework--accompanied by the related knowledge--for managing BC's ecosystems. The program's mission reflects the fact that the above vision can only be achieved through the development of a framework, a classification system and a complex body of knowledge and related tools based upon a scientific understanding of the province's ecosystems and the variables that affect them. It is through a strong commitment to science and the scientific principles that the BEC system sustains its outstanding utility and reputation.
Thompson Rivers University and UBC Research
In partnership with TRU and UBC, the GCC is administering research funding to complete key research on climate change and its impacts on grasslands, plant species and species diversity in a study titled Impacts of Climate Change on the Dynamics and Biodiversity of Temperate Grasslands. For more information, contact Dr. Lauchlan Fraser at
Plant Health in First Nations Rangeland (Ministry of Agriculture and Lands)
The GCC is administering funding for the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands for the Plant Health in First Nations Rangelands Project. This project will inform first nations community members about how to restoring rangeland productivity through employing invasive plant management strategies and re-seeding.
For more information please contact Brian Harper, First Nations Agrologist, Ministry of Agriculture and Lands:
The Range Program allocates and administers hay cutting and grazing agreements and grazing leases on Crown range across the Province. Program activities focus on ensuring healthy and sustainably managed rangelands which are capable of supporting the interests and activities of clients, stakeholders and partners. Parties with an interest in management of BC rangelands include the ranching industry, guide outfitters, First Nations, Government and Non-Government Agencies, wildlife, recreationalists and the public at large.
Sustainable management is achieved through ecological monitoring activities, controlling the establishment and spread of invasive plant species, advocating sustainable range management practices, developing policy and legislation, assisting in the restoration of degraded rangeland and providing extension services to staff, clients and partners.
Small Animal Habitat Analysis and Modeling In Grasslands
The GCC in partnership with the Ministry of Forests and Range will coordinate the small mammal habitat analysis and modeling project. This project will: assess the relationship between small mammal productivity and species composition in relation to grassland habitat condition; and model the relationship between natural and managed disturbances and successional vegetation pathways in grassland and dry forest ecosystems For more information please contact Walt Klenner, Research Wildlife Habitat Ecologist, Ministry of Forest and Range: