Giant helleborine (Epipactis gigantea) was originally designated by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) as Threatened in April 1984. The status was re-examined and it was designated Special Concern in April 1998. It is found on Schedule 3 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA). In British Columbia (B.C.), giant helleborine is ranked S3 (imperiled/ special concern, vulnerable to extirpation or extinction) by the Conservation Data Centre and is on the provincial Blue list. The B.C. Conservation Framework ranks giant helleborine as a priority 2 under goal 3 (maintain the diversity of native species and ecosystems).
The management goal is to maintain all extant populations and their supporting habitat in British Columbia.
The management objectives are to:
1. Protect known populations of giant helleborine throughout the B.C. range.
2. Clarify the spatial distribution and population numbers for poorly documented locations of giant helleborine in British Columbia.
3. Monitor trends in population size and distribution at all known locations.
4. Assess, create, and implement a plan to mitigate the main threats to giant helleborine populations (e.g., residential and commercial development, natural system modifications, invasive species).
Ministry of Environment. 2013. Management plan for giant helleborine (Epipactis gigantea) in British Columbia. Government of BC. Management Plan (Species at risk)
Topic: Recovery Planning
Scientific Name: Epipactis gigantea
English Name: Giant Helleborine
Other Identifier: QK495.O64 M36 2013/333.95'32/C2013-980075-1
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