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