A provincial standard for assessing wildlife habitat has been developed for British Columbia. This paper outlines the standard definitions and habitat rating criteria used in BC Wildlife Habitat Rating Standards. Wildlife habitat capability and suitability ratings can be applied to ecological mapping at scales from 1:250,000 to 1:20,000. Ratings indicate the value of a habitat to support a particular wildlife species for a specified habitat use compared to the best habitat in the province (the provincial benchmark). Rating criteria are defined for different map scales and different levels of detail. A wildlife habitat capability and suitability assessment project requires development of species habitat models that are ground-truthed and refined through field sampling.
Bonner, Lynne, Demarchi, Dennis A.. 1999. Deriving Wildlife Habitat Values from Ecosystem Maps (in Proc. Conference Biology & Management of Species and Habitats at Risk). Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Conference Biology & ManagementProceedings. Vol. 1