Table of Contents Wildlife Considerations

Wildlife Considerations

Impact on wildlife ecosystems will be considered. Many species and ecosystems at risk in British Columbia have been identified, through the cooperation of scientists and experts throughout the province. Each has been assigned a global and provincial rank by the B.C. Conservation Data Centre, according to an objective set of criteria established by the Nature Conservancy. The ranks assigned and listed in the tracking lists maintained by the CDC provide the basis for the Red and Blue lists of the Ministry of Environment (MoE). These lists include plants and animals that have population characteristics, population trends, or distributions which indicate that they require special attention so that they may be maintained as part of the wildlife of British Columbia. These lists are only one indicator of potential impact. A report by a certified professional may be required. To date, the MoE Red and Blue lists have included only vertebrates. Red and Blue lists are also available for butterflies and moths, dragonflies and damselflies, marine invertebrate animals, other invertebrate animals, vascular plants, and mosses.

Placing plants and animals on these lists flags them as being at risk and requiring investigation. The Red and Blue lists provide a list of species for consideration for more formal designation as Endangered or Threatened, either provincially under the British Columbia Wildlife Act, or nationally by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) and provide a method of assigning conservation priorities for species considered at risk in British Columbia. Recovery planning is a process undertaken to ensure the survival and recovery of these species and ecosystems at risk.

The Ministry also lists animals and plants considered to be secure in British Columbia on the Yellow List - these are managed at the habitat level by managing for a diversity of habitats in the province.

See the brochure on Species Ranking in B.C. (PDF) for more details and an explanation of ranks and list status.

See Develop with Care: Environmental Guidelines for Urban and Rural Land Development in British Columbia document for links to information.

This guide is a living document; it is subject to change without notice. Please check the Rural Subdivisions Website ( to make sure your version is sufficiently current.