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This project includes Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping with a Sensitive Ecosystems Inventory theme and Wildlife Habitat Assessments. Wildlife habitat ratings were developed for the following species: Great Basin Spadefoot, Grasshopper Sparrow, Long-billed Curlew, Swainsons Hawk, Western Screech Owl, Yellow-breasted Chat, Badger, Painted Turtle, Northern Pacific Rattlesnake and Gopher Snake.

The Coldstream - Vernon SEI was initiated in 2005 to provide inventory information on rare and fragile ecosystems that can be used for ecologically sustainable land use and development planning.

This project includes the Coldstream - Vernon area of the north Okanagan. and covers portions of mapsheet numbers 082L014, 082L015, 082L024, 082L025, 082L034, and 082L035. Three biogeoclimatic variants are mapped: IDFdm1, IDFmw1 and IDFxh1. The study falls within three Ecosections: the Northern Okanagan Basin (NOB), the Northern Okanagan Highlands (NOH) and the Shushwap Basin (SHB).

The Ministry of Environment initiated this project with funding from the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia, the B.C. Ministry of Environment, the City of Vernon, the District of Coldstream, the Regional District of the North Okanagan, the Greater Vernon Services Commission, and the Canadian Wildlife Service.

The project follows the Standard for Mapping Terrestrial Ecosystems in B.C., 1998 and The Standard for Mapping Ecosystems at Risk in B.C., 2006.

The mapping was completed in 2007 at 1:20,000 scale.

Report Authors: Iverson, K. and P. Uunila

Link to data and reports on Ecocat:  Sensitive Ecosystem Inventory: Coldstream Vernon 2007