Translocation is the deliberate moving of propagules and/or plants from one location to another location in the wild in order to mitigate threats and assist in the recovery of the species. There are increasing recommendations for translocations to be part of recovery planning for plant species at risk in B.C., and translocations of some species at risk have already occurred in the province. However, there are significant risks associated with translocations, in particular those that are poorly planned. Translocations have the potential to cause inadvertent harm to natural ecosystems and species at risk. Translocations often have low success rates, may be expensive, and may use significant amounts of the limited resources available for species at risk recovery. These guidelines were developed to assist with the decision of whether translocations are necessary, and if necessary, to provide general advice for the development of specific translocation plans, and to outline basic questions to guide the development of translocation methodology and technique.
Maslovat, C.. 2009. Guidelines for Translocation of Plant Species at Risk in British Columbia. Ministry of Environment
Topic: Guidelines and Best Management Practices
Keywords: bc, BMP, best management practice, Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team, in situ population, ex situ population, conservation data centre
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