British Columbia, Canada?s most westerly province, has a bounty of biological diversity. Snow-clad peaks, rain-drenched
forests, arid grasslands, all sizes of rivers, lakes, and wetlands, and a long and rugged coast provide habitats
for more species of living organisms than are found anywhere else in Canada. However, this very diversity
means that there is much to be discovered about these organisms ? their distribution, abundance, habitat requirements,
and interrelationships with their environment. Increasing our knowledge of this biodiversity will help us
with the complex task of sustainably managing our land and waters.
In 1992, the provincial government initiated a co-operative biodiversity research program with funding from the
Corporate Resource Inventory Initiative; the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks (Wildlife and Habitat
Protection Branches); the Ministry of Forests (Research Branch); the Ministry of Small Business, Tourism and
Culture (Royal B.C.Museum); and the Forest Resource Development Agreement (FRDA II).
In 1995, the Ministry of Forests Research Branch and the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks developed a
biodiversity research and extension strategy with the assistance of the provincial research community. This strategy
was presented to Forest Renewal BC, who provided funding for a program beginning in 1995. The goal of the extension
component of this program is to extend information to scientists, resource managers, and the public through
biodiversity publications. These publications are intended to increase awareness and understanding of biodiversity,
promote the concepts and importance of conserving biodiversity, and communicate provincial government initiatives
related to biodiversity. We hope that they will be used as tools for the conservation of British Columbia's rich,
Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks, Ministry of Forests, Royal British Columbia Museum. 2001. Biodiversity Publications Catalogue - Third Edition. Province of British Columbia. Third
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