What is currently threatening the ecological health of the BBC?
The primary threats to the overall ecological health of the BBC are direct loss or impairment of habitat, introduction of new invasive species, high-intensity wildfires, recreational pressure and the uncertainty of climate change impacts. For example, forest harvesting remains a significant threat to the hydrologic and terrestrial integrity of the corridor. The development of sustainable forestry practices would help reduce risk of fire and mitigate climate change impacts to habitats and water courses. Climate change and the risk of fire continue to represent the biggest threats to the health of the BBC. Wetland restoration will contribute to the protection of critical aquatic and terrestrial habitats by reducing climate change impacts.
Bonanza Biodiversity Corridor Cumulative Impact Map
What is the conservation strategy for the BBC?
The ongoing protection of the BBC, its ecosystems, habitats and hydrologic functioning remain at the core of SLSS conservation activities and currently sponsored projects. In 2014, SLSS co-founded the Slocan Wetlands Assessment & Monitoring Project which inventoried and mapped the BBC’s rich and diverse wetlands until 2016. In 2017, SLSS founded the BBC Working Group, a collection of professional ecologists, biologists, conservationists and naturalists whose purpose is to strategically and collaboratively achieve conservation of the BBC. In 2019, Environment and Climate Change Canada formally recognized the importance of the BBC for conserving species and habitats at risk through its funding of Kootenay Connect through the Canada Nature Fund. In 2020, Environment and Climate Change Canada formally recognized the BBC as a Community Nominated Priority Place for conservation through the Canada Nature Fund program.
More Information on the Bonanza Biodiversity Corridor as a Priority Landscape
The following report will provide you further background and information on the relationship of corridors, connectivity and climate change.
Kootenay Connect: Riparian Wildlife Corridors for Climate Change (2019).