Species at risk occur broadly across British Columbia. Some species are known to occur in only one, isolated area, while others are much more widespread and rely on larger areas for their habitat. As a result, effectively protecting species at risk from extinction will sometimes be necessary on private land.
What happens if there is a species at risk on my land?
Having a species at risk on your private land could have a number of implications, depending on the species itself, how you use your land, and what rules are developed in species-at-risk legislation. However, the Province understands that supporting people and in some cases, providing options about how they can protect species at risk on their land, is likely to be the most effective and preferred approach to the conservation of these vulnerable species.
During the previous engagement in 2016, we heard ideas about how to help land-owners protect species at risk, ranging from financial incentives to the need for developing greater education and awareness related to species at risk.
As the Province moves forward in developing species-at-risk legislation, we recognize the importance of helping landowners understand what they would need to do if there is a species at risk on their land, what the impacts of the legislation may be, and how they can benefit if there is a species at risk on their land. To better understand this, we would like to hear from you.
Please submit your comments on the following questions:
- What would increase your willingness and ability to conserve species at risk on your land?
- What successes do you know about regarding the protection of species at risk on private land in B.C.? How can we build on those successes?