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Karst inventory standards and vulnerability assessment procedures for British Columbia

Author(s) or contact(s): Ministry of Forests
Source: Research Branch
Subject: Landscape Ecology
Series: Miscellaneous Report
Other details:  Published 2001. Hardcopy is available.


The Karst Inventory Standards and Vulnerability Assessment Procedures for British Columbia describes provincial standards for conducting karst inventories at various survey intensity levels, and outlines procedures for deriving karst vulnerability ratings.

This document builds upon the recommendations and proposals for conducting karst inventories and vulnerability assessments described in A Preliminary Discussion of Karst Inventory Systems and Principles (KISP) for British Columbia (Research Program Working Paper 51/2000). The KISP document was widely reviewed by national and international karst experts, industry, and by staff from the Ministry of Forests and the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks.

It is intended that these standards and procedures be implemented on an interim basis for a two-year period. This interim period will be utilized to collect practical field data and user feedback.

The karst inventory and vulnerability assessment processes contained in this document are designed to be used in conjunction with the karst management guidelines outlined in the Karst Management Handbook for British Columbia (BC Ministry of Forests, 2001). Experience from both inventory and operational applications will be used to field test the RIC standards to ensure they apply effectively and efficiently to all parts of British Columbia. At the end of the two-year interim period, a revised set of standards will be published.

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Updated January 14, 2009