The Role of Local Government

Local Governments:

  • regulate land use on much of the private property where species at risk occur.
  • are responsible for relatively small areas, similar in size to the areas of distribution of many listed species.
  • own many important habitats. For example, the entire Canadian populations of Kellogg's rush and poor pocket moss are located in municipal parks.

Kelloggs rush (c) Adolf Ceska

Local government roles will vary regionally

  • Species at risk are concentrated in the most densely populated areas of the province: the Okanagan/Similkameen Valleys, the Fraser
  • Valley, and southern Vancouver Island. Species at risk planning will need to be closely integrated into planning and operations in these areas.

  • Northern regions have relatively few species at risk, and their operations and planning are likely to be less affected.

Species at risk stewardship also leads to:

  • improved ecosystem services such as water and air purification, temperature buffering, drainage and recreation opportunities.
  • additional sources of funding from senior governments for parkland acquisition, and innovative capital works projects and maintenance activities.
  • healthier populations of economically or socially important species such as salmon.

Chinook salmon (c) Ernest Keeley

Local government jurisdiction:

 (c) Mike Pearson