Species at Risk Critical Habitat Screening Workshop

The South Coast Conservation Program and the University of British Columbia are hosting a workshop on Critical Habitat Screening on Friday, April 26th , 2019.

University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

This workshop will be of interest to consultants, government and regional district employees, and others involved in projects requiring critical habitat screening. The workshop presenters are Darcy Henderson, Senior Species at Risk Biologist, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Katrina Stipec, BC Conservation Data Centre, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, and Lynn Campbell, Species at Risk Biologist with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

Habitat loss and modification are leading causes of population decline in many rare and endangered species. The federal Species At Risk Act (SARA) describes Critical Habitat (CH) as the habitat that is necessary for the survival or recovery of a listed wildlife species (schedule 1), and that is identified as the species’ critical habitat in a recovery strategy or in an action plan for the species. Many projects now require screening for critical habitat (CH) as part of the impact assessment process.

This workshop will provide tools and methods for screening for CH, including how to obtain CH mapping information; how to determine if one has the most current CH information for a given species; how Species at Risk (SAR) legislation is applied (for example, in the case of migratory birds that are also species at risk); and how to determine if a SAR permit is required. Participants will learn about the different jurisdictional issues affecting federal versus non-federal lands. They will have the opportunity to “workshop,” in group sessions, through mock scenarios of situations requiring SAR permits and gain practice in filling out permit applications. The BC Conservation Data Centre (CDC) will give an overview of the CDC and will demonstrate two online applications relevant to CH screening: BC Species and Ecosystems Explorer and the CDC iMAP. An update will also be provided on the status of the proposed BC SAR legislation.

For more information and how to register: http://www.sccp.ca/events/species-risk-critical-habitat-screening-workshop



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