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Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Multi-Partner Conservation Programs

Multi-partner conservation programs include a range of conservation-related activities, including land acquisition, management, stewardship and outreach. Some of these include:

Pacific Estuary Conservation Program

The Province has been a participant in the Pacific Estuary Conservation Program (PECP) since shortly after the program’s inception in 1987. Formed by a group of government agencies and non-government organizations in British Columbia, the aim was to better coordinate efforts to protect environmentally valuable estuaries along the rugged B.C. coast. The present partners of the PECP include the Ministry along with Environment Canada (Canadian Wildlife Service), Ducks Unlimited Canada, the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, The Land Conservancy of BC and The Nature Trust of British Columbia.

Designed to work with current landowners to find creative ways to secure estuary land for conservation, the PECP is one of the most successful coastal habitat conservation programs in Canada. The PECP is also the main delivery program for land securement and enhancement for the Pacific Coast Joint Venture in B.C. PECP partners have successfully secured thousands of hectares of shoreline and intertidal habitats in many of BC’s major estuaries. For further information, refer to the PECP factsheet on the Ducks Unlimited Canada website.

South Okanagan-Similkameen Conservation Program

The Ministry and its conservation partners are active participants in the South Okanagan-Similkameen Conservation Program (SOSCP). The South Okanagan-Similkameen area is home to some of the greatest concentrations of species diversity and species at risk in Canada and is recognized as one of the country's three most endangered natural systems. The dry climates and desert-like habitats of the Okanagan and Similkameen river valleys form the northern tip of the Great Basin desert. Since the SOSCP was initiated in 2000, over 47 groups have joined together to maintain this unique natural system and the great variety of plant and animal species that exists within it. Strong community support and involvement help create a positive balance between wildlife requirements and human needs and aspirations. The program has focused on a number of key areas including: applying scientific knowledge; involving the community in conservation; voluntary caring for the land; applying First Nations' knowledge and ecological heritage; assisting in land use decisions; and securing critical habitats. For more information, refer to the SOSCP web site: http://www.soscp.org/

The East Kootenay Conservation Program

The Ministry and its conservation partners are active participants in the East Kootenay Conservation Program (EKCP). The EKCP is a partnership of 47 conservation, industry and government organizations dedicated to conserving natural areas for Kootenay communities. The grasslands, dry forests, montane forests, scattered wetlands and cottonwood habitats create a biodiversity unique in the province. Over 270 species of birds and some of the region’s rarest species such as the badger, leopard frog and Swainson’s hawk rely on the East Kootenay landscape. The EKCP vision is to have landscapes that sustain naturally functioning ecosystems that can in turn support economic and social well being. Networking is used to help find win-win approaches to ecosystem conservation and stewardship on private and adjacent Crown lands. For more information, refer to the EKCP website: http://www.ekcp.ca/

Crown Land Securement Partner Program

The partners of the Crown Land Securement Partner Program (CLSPP) share a strong interest in conserving land for its fish and wildlife habitat values. This includes both acquiring private land and securing complementary Crown land. After a successful pilot program initiated in 2006, the CLSPP was formally established in 2009. The five-year program is intended to assist the ministry in making progress towards the designation of new or expanded wildlife management areas (WMAs) under the Wildlife Act.

To date, funding and in-kind support for a full-time coordinator of the CLSPP has been provided by Ducks Unlimited Canada, The Pacific Estuary Conservation Program, The Nature Trust of BC, the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, the BC Trust for Public Lands, Environment Canada (Canadian Wildlife Service) and the Ministry. The Ministry’s contribution has been primarily through provision of general guidance and staff participation in securing Crown land.