- regulate land use on much of the private property where species at risk occur.
- are responsible for relatively small areas, similar in size to the areas of distribution of many listed species.
- own many important habitats. For example, the entire Canadian populations of Kellogg's rush and poor pocket moss are located in municipal parks.
Local government roles will vary regionally
- Species at risk are concentrated in the most densely populated areas of the province: the Okanagan/Similkameen Valleys, the Fraser
Valley, and southern Vancouver Island. Species at risk planning will need to be closely integrated into planning and operations in these areas.
- Northern regions have relatively few species at risk, and their operations and planning are likely to be less affected.
Species at risk stewardship also leads to:
- improved ecosystem services such as water and air purification, temperature buffering, drainage and recreation opportunities.
- additional sources of funding from senior governments for parkland acquisition, and innovative capital works projects and maintenance activities.
- healthier populations of economically or socially important species such as salmon.
Local government jurisdiction: