Northwest waterfan (Peltigera gowardii) is a leafy lichen that inhabits permanent, primarily spring-fed streams in open subalpine or alpine meadows.
Northwest waterfan was designated as Special Concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), but is not yet listed on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA).1 Northwest waterfan is endemic to western North America, with only five known populations in Canada, all in British Columbia. In British Columbia, the northwest waterfan is ranked S1S2 (critically imperiled to imperiled) by the Conservation Data Centre and is on the provincial Red list. The B.C. Conservation Framework has not ranked the northwest waterfan.
The greatest current threat to this species is from recreational activity.
The goal for this species is to maintain all known populations and any future populations of northwest waterfan that may be found in British Columbia.
The following are the management objectives will guide work in the near-term for northwest waterfan:
1. to protect2 known populations of northwest waterfan throughout the B.C. range.
2. to target inventory of suitable habitat for additional populations of northwest waterfan.
3. to monitor trends in population size and distribution at all known populations.
1The COSEWIC assessment will be reviewed by the Governor in Council who may, on the recommendation of the Minister, amend the List to include this species on Schedule 1 of SARA.
2 Protection can be achieved through various mechanisms including: voluntary stewardship agreements, conservation covenants, sale by willing vendors on private lands, land use designations, and protected areas.
B.C. Ministry of Environment. 2015. Management Plan for Northwest Waterfan (Peltigera gowardii) in British Columbia. Province of B.C.. Management Plan (Species at risk)
Topic: Recovery Planning
Scientific Name: Peltigera gowardii
English Name: Northwest Waterfan
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