Conservation Resources

  • BC Parks Conservation Policy [PDF]: The BC Parks Conservation Policy document first released in September 1997 was updated and implemented in September 2014. This document provides the current policy statements that direct the day-to-day and long-term actions under which BC Parks, Ministry of Environment manages natural and cultural values within British Columbia’s system of protected areas. Its purpose is to provide a comprehensive guide for BC Parks’ managers, and further, a public measure that ensures provincially consistent standards are followed and that field activities reflect the overall goals and objectives of BC Parks and the province.
  • Bats Astray [PDF]: Check your campers, tents, awnings and umbrellas before you leave your campsite.

    Bats that are accidentally taken to new areas may not be able to find safe roost sites or places to hibernate and may not survive their move. Bats that are moved to new locations may transmit spores from the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome and infect previously healthy bat populations.

  • Wildlife Guidelines: A list of sites giving information about wildlife and marine life in British Columbia, wildlife safety and outdoor ethics.

  • Impact Assessment Process: The BC Parks Impact Assessment Process ensures that the stewardship of British Columbia’s system of protected areas is included in all activities and practices that are conducted within these areas.

  • BC Protected Areas Research Forum: Brings together park managers and researchers from universities, colleges and First Nations in a biannual forum to provide a way to link the information needs of park managers with the knowledge and research capabilities of universities and First Nations. THe forum includes all levels of protected areas from municipal and regional district parks to provincial and federal parks.

  • Wildlife/Danger Tree Assessor course: Provided by the Forestry Continuing Studies Network and developed and designed specifically for parks, recreation sites and other municipal settings where there may be exposure to potentially dangerous trees. For more informations, see course materials.

Conservation Assessments / Protected Area Management Effectiveness

Growing global concern about the effectiveness of protected areas in meeting objectives such as biodiversity conservation has led to initiatives to examine how well protected areas are working. The framework, Protected Areas Management Effectiveness (PAME) is an assessment of how well protected areas are being managed – primarily the extent to which management is protecting values and achieving goals and objectives [PDF].

PAME evaluations are endorsed by the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) and the National Advisory Panel tasked to achieve Canada Target 1. The CBD commits signatories like Canada to ensure its protected areas are effectively and equitably managed. Similarly, Canada’s Conservation Vision: A report of the National Advisory Panel [PDF] recommended that PAME be applied to 60 percent of protected areas by 2020 and 100 percent assessed by 2030. Canada’s progress on PAME can be viewed on the Protected Planet website, a site that contains the global database of protected areas and PAME evaluations.

In 2018, BC Parks made a commitment to begin conducting PAME evaluations through the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy Service Plan starting with a conservation assessment of the Garibaldi Complex.