As part of its Environmental Indicator Series British Columbia tracks information on five indicators of natural diversity: Species at Risk, Forest Species, Wildlife Populations, Fish and Toxic Contaminants in Biota. The indicators will be published, along with indicators for other environmental issues, in a document entitled Environmental Trends for British Columbia. Key indicators for each issue area will be presented, along with secondary measures that provide more detailed information. In summary, these natural diversity indicators show that: (a) freshwater fish are of particular concern in the province — over 35% of the forest dependent freshwater fish are threatened or endangered; (b) some wildlife which are managed for recreational purposes show significant declines in their ranges (i.e., mountain caribou, sharp-tailed grouse), while others show fairly stable ranges (i.e. black-tailed deer, moose); (c) changes in the distribution of 40% of forest-dwelling mammals is unknown...
Smith, R.B.. 1999. Environmental Indicators for Natural Diversity (in Proc. Conference Biology & Management of Species and Habitats at Risk). Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Proceedings - Conference Biology & Management. Vol. 1
Topic: Species and Ecosystems at Risk
Keywords: environmental, indicators, biodiversity, species at risk, forest, wildlife, fish, toxins, contaminants
Other Identifier: University College of the Cariboo
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