Recent initiatives by our provincial and federal governments have raised public expectations that species at risk can and will be managed in a way that will improve their status. Expectation that such management will work seems based on several assumptions: external factors creating the risk can be identified; the party responsible for management has control over those factors; the manager has good understanding of demographics of the species being managed; the manager has good understanding of linkages between risk factors and affected species. Assuming that ad hoc observations, inventory data, interpretations, hypotheses testing, knowledge, and understanding are incremental steps along a sort of continuum, then management action would most likely be well informed, and successful, if delayed until understanding of all relevant factors were reached. This degree of serendipity doesn’t often occur. The obstacles are daunting. Consider only the problem of species inventory in British Columbia...
McIntosh, Lorne D.. 1999. Great Expectations: Attempting to Fill the Wildlife Inventory Data Gap (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: database, wildlife inventory, management, inventory data gap
Other Identifier: University College of the Cariboo
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