Educational Initiatives

Informing residents of rare species unique to their area helps build a sense of ownership and stewardship. Local governments are well positioned to deliver this information, as they are in closer communication with residents and landowners than any other level of government.

Useful brochures are available from the BC Ministry of Environment and a variety of excellent resources may be found on the web.

 (c) Dr. Alfred Brousseau/ Calphotos

Recommended actions include:

  • adding information on species at risk to the local government web site.
  • using existing mail outs (e.g. property taxes) to provide information on local species at risk and SARA's public consultations.
  • presenting species at risk information in public consultations and on information on local government procedures for developers.

Sharp-tailed snake (c) Kriistina Ovaska