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.
Species at Risk List of Resources
This initiative is intended to facilitate the development and implementation of grassland ecosystem-based SAR recovery action plans at the local level. It will also work towards building a broad level of awareness and understanding about species at risk. Further, the initiative will also help to address the land-use pressures that lead to the fragmentation and development of grasslands and species-at-risk habitats.
Exploring opportunities and models for Conservation Partnerships in the Thompson-Nicola and Cariboo-Chilcotin
Creating a coordinated, efficient approach to implementing recovery action plans was identified as a primary challenge in the February/March 2009 Grassland Species at Risk workshops [see below]. A number of workshop participants expressed support for the concept of streamlined regional conservation-focused partnerships and noted that a number of regions already have existing conservation partnerships. Examples include South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program (SOSCP), East Kootenay Conservation Program (EKCP) and Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program (OCCP).
Workshop participants were uncertain about what framework or model for partnerships would be best suited to the Thompson-Nicola and Cariboo-Chilcotin, the two grassland regions lacking conservation partnerships. Some participants thought that existing committees or groups might be adapted to deliver conservation-focused activities. Many participants expressed interest in what models for conservation partnerships exist in the province and elsewhere.
To address this question, Don Gayton of FORREX has prepared a paper on partnership models. The paper compares different partnerships based on a questionnaire sent to representatives of SOSCP, EKCP, OCCP, Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team and Alberta’s MultiSAR.
The intent of the paper is to provide a starting point for further discussions about establishing conservation partnerships in the Thompson-Okanagan and Cariboo-Chilcotin. Regional meetings in Kamloops and Williams Lake are planned for Fall 2009 when participants will discuss the FORREX paper and regional conservation partnerships for the Thompson-Nicola and Cariboo-Chilcotin. To review the paper written by Don Gayton (FORREX) and entitled “Organizational Survey of Grassland Species at Risk Conservation Groups”, please click [here].
From Species to Landscapes: Extending knowledge on dry forest and grassland species at risk
As part of the Grassland Species at Risk project, the GCC in partnership with FORREX and the Province of BC, sponsored a series of successful interactive workshops designed to explore multi-species, ecosystem-based approaches for conserving species at risk and the habitats on which they depend. The Grassland Species at Risk project was profiled as part of a series of presentations that described how the province, FORREX, GCC and local partners are working to facilitate recovery of grasslands ecosystems and species. The workshop in Penticton also provided media training and discussions designed to help participants improve their marketing of ecosystem management concepts to various audiences. In Kamloops and Williams Lake, the workshops highlighted priorities and accomplishments of local groups working in the grasslands. Francois Bluoin from Fish and Wildlife, Alberta, also presented highlights of Alberta’s species at risk program, MULTISAR.
To see summaries of workshop presentations and discussions, please click below:
Penticton, BC, February 04, 2009
Kamloops, BC, March 03, 2009
Williams Lake, BC, March 05, 2009