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. Twisted oak moss (Syntrichia laevipila) 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 ranked G3G4 (vulnerable to apparently secure) globally by NatureServe. The Conservation Framework has assigned twisted oak moss a conservation priority 2, under Goal 3: maintain the diversity of native species and ecosystems. The twisted oak moss is a small moss that is restricted to the bark of trees, mainly Garry oaks (Quercus garryana); these trees are found in the nationally threatened Garry oak ecosystems. Current Canadian range is 27 occurrences in southwestern B.C. Potential threats to the survival of twisted oak moss populations include loss of host trees, direct removal from host trees, lack of recruitment of host trees, and air pollution. The management goal is to maintain known populations of twisted oak moss in British Columbia.
British Columbia Bryophyte Recovery Team, Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team. 2010. Management Plan for twisted oak moss (Syntrichia laevipila) in British Columbia. Ministryof Environment. Management Plan (Species at risk)
Topic: Species and Ecosystems at Risk
Keywords: bc, COSEWIC, twisted oak moss, Syntrichia laevipila
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