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Riparian management in British Columbia: an important step towards maintaining biodiversity

Author(s) or contact(s): V. Stevens, F. Backhouse, and A. Eriksson
Source: Research Branch
Subject: Riparian Management
Series: Working Paper
Other details:  Published 1995. Hardcopy is available.


British Columbia, Canada 's most westerly province, has a bounty of biological diversity. Its mountains, lakes and rivers, rain forests, wetlands and arid grasslands, and long rugged coast provide habitats for more species of living organisms than are found anywhere else in Canada. However, this very diversity means that there is much to be discovered about these organisms - distribution, abundance, habitat requirements, and inter relationships with their environments. Increasing our knowledge of this biodiversity will help us with the complex task of sustainably managing our lands and waters.

In 1992, the Provincial Government initiated a co-operative biodiversity research program with funding from the Corporate Resource Inventory Initiative; the British Columbia Ministries of Forests (Research Branch), Environment, Lands and Parks (Wildlife and Habitat Protection Branches), and Tourism and Culture, (Royal British Columbia Museum); and the Forest Resource Development Agreement ( II). One goal of this research program is to extend information to scientists, resource managers, and the public through biodiversity publications. These publications are intended to increase awareness and understanding of biodiversity, promote the concepts and importance of conserving biodiversity, and communicate provincial government initiatives related to biodiversity. We hope that they will be used as tools for the conservation of British Columbia's rich, living legacy.

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