Management plans are prepared for species that may be at risk of becoming endangered or threatened due to sensitivity to human activities or natural events. A management plan: identifies a set of coordinated conservation activities and land use measures needed to ensure that target species do not become threatened or endangered; outlines what is and is not known about a species or ecosystem, identifies threats to the species or ecosystem, and what should be done to mitigate those threats; sets goals and objectives, and recommends approaches appropriate conservation. Direction set in the management plan provides valuable information that may be used by individuals, communities, land users, conservationists, academics, and governments interested in implementing species conservation. Columbian carpet moss (Bryoerythrophyllum columbianum) was designated by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) as Special Concern in Canada in May 2004, listed on the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA) Schedule 1 in 2005, and in B.C., ranked S2S3 (imperilled to vulnerable) by the Conservation Data Centre and G3G4 (vulnerable to apparently secure) globally by NatureServe. The Conservation Framework has assigned Columbian carpet moss a conservation priority 3, under Goal 1: contribute to global efforts for species and ecosystem conservation and priority 2 under Goal 3: maintain the diversity of native species and ecosystems. Columbian carpet moss is a perennial moss that grows over soil in small clumps or compact turfs, often intermixed with other mosses and lichens. Current Canadian range consists of 17 occurrences in semi-arid areas of south-central B.C. and the Canadian populations probably represent 11-30% of its global distribution and abundance. Potential threats include vineyard construction, urban or highway development, livestock use, and recreational activities. The management goal is to maintain known populations of Columbian carpet moss in B.C.
British Columbia Bryophyte Recovery Team. 2010. Management Plan for Columbian carpet moss (Bryoerythrophyllum columbianum) in British Columbia. Ministry of Environment. Management Plan (Species at risk)