The purpose of this document is to reassess the goals, objectives and tasks of the initial (1994) National Recovery Plan for the Vancouver Island Marmot and provide an overview of changes needed to achieve downlisting of Marmota Vancouverensis from endangered status. The original recovery goal of 400-600 marmots dispersed in three metapopulations on Vancouver Island has not changed and remains justifiable on geographic, habitat, genetic and demographic grounds. New data have clarified past and present marmot distribution and abundance. Inventory techniques are now properly developed, and the population status of this animal is well known compared with that of most other species at risk in British Columbia. The next five years will require that the Recovery Team invest heavily in several broad areas: (1) Population Restoration; (2) Monitoring and Research; (3) Habitat Protection and Manipulation; (4) Fundraising and Communications; and (5) Management Issues.
Vancouver Island Marmot Recovery Team, Janz, Doug W.; Bryant, Andrew A.; Dawe, Neil K.; Schwantje, Helen; Harper, Bill; Nagorsen, Dave; Doyle, Don; deLaronde, Mike; Fraser, Dave; Lindsay, Dave; Leigh-Spencer, Sally; McLaughlin; Simmons, Rik. 2000. National Recovery Plan for the Vancouver Island Marmot (Marmota vancouverensis) - 2000 Update. Environment Canada. Recovery Plan
Topic: Recovery Planning
Keywords: species recovery, endangered species, species status, recovery planning, COSEWIC, SARA
Scientific Name: Marmota vancouverensis
English Name: Vancouver Island Marmot
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