Amphibians and reptiles are the most at risk species assemblages in British Columbia (B.C.), with more than 50% of species in each group listed provincially and/or federally as species of conservation concern. Road mortality is identified as a significant threat to amphibians and reptiles, and mitigating this threat is identified as a priority action in the recovery planning documents for most of these species. To address this issue, the first Herpetofauna and Roads Workshop was held in Nanaimo, B.C. in 2011. It brought together qualified professionals (QPs) from within and outside government, academics, and conservation biologists to learn about road mortality issues, share unpublished research, and work together toward more effective solutions.
One of the most significant outcomes of this meeting was the creation of the B.C. Herpetofauna and Roads Working Group, a network for exchanging ideas. In the years since that first meeting in 2011, some members of the Working Group and others have conducted substantial new research, in both in mitigation project design and effectiveness evaluation. However, the results are not widely available and standard guidance is still lacking. This document fills that need by providing guidance at an overview level as well as specific details for project mitigation on the ground. This document is based on a similar document produced by the Government of Ontario in 2016 (Ontario MNRF 2016) and has been updated with B.C.-specific information from the most recent literature and information shared at the 2018 Herpetofauna and Roads Workshop held in Kamloops, B.C.
Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, Wind, E.; Beasley, B.; Sarell, M.. 2020. Guidelines for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation During Road Building and Management Activities in British Columbia. Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. Best Management Practices (Natural Resource)
Topic: Guidelines and Best Management Practices
Keywords: British Columbia
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