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This project includes Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping (TEM) with a Sensitive Ecosystems Inventory (SEI) theme and Wildlife Habitat Assessments (WHA) for eleven wildlife species considered at risk in British Columbia.

The project provides inventory information on rare and fragile ecosystems that can be used for ecologically sustainable land use and development planning. The Okanagan Basin of British Columbia has been subjected to extensive agricultural conversion, intense human settlement pressure, noxious weed invasion, uncontrolled motorized recreation, and forest ingrowth and encroachment associated with fire exclusion. All of these threaten the viability of natural ecosystems in the area.

The study area lies within the north Okanagan Valley of south-central British Columbia. It is bounded by the urban extent of the City of Vernon in the north, Okanagan Lake in the west, Kalamalka Lake in the east, and the District of Lake Country in the south.  The study area covers 6,728 ha within the Okanagan Very Dry Hot Interior Douglas-fir Variant (IDFxh1). It is in the Southern Interior Ecoprovince and the North Okanagan Basin Ecosection.

The project was funded by The Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia, the B.C. Ministry of Environment, the Habitat Stewardship Program, the Greater Vernon Services Commission, and the Allan Brooks Nature Centre.

The project follows the Standard for Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping in B.C., 1998.

The mapping was completed in 2006 at 1:20,000 scale.

Report Authors: Iverson, K., P. Uunila, A. Haney and M. Sarell

Link to data and reports on Ecocat: Sensitive Ecosystems Inventory (SEI) - Vernon Commonage