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Title
Best Management Practices for Bats in British Columbia
Author
Ministry of Environment
Date
2016
Abstract
The British Columbia Ministry of Environment has developed this document to provide development proponents, researchers, consultants and British Columbia ministry staff with information about the potential impacts of resource development and other human activities on the bats and their habitats in British Columbia. These documents also provide guidelines on how to minimize those impacts. Chapter 1 presents a biological and ecological review of the bats of British Columbia. Chapters 29 present Best Management Practices that are specific to each of eight development sectors that have potential effects on bats and their habitats: mining, cave and crevice use, wind energy development, forestry, hydroelectric power generation, oil and gas development, agriculture, and urban development. All activities related to assessing the quality of bat habitat or the impact of activities on bats should involve an experienced bat biologist, and these guidelines are not meant to replace site and project specific guidance that can only be provided by a qualified professional. These documents were prepared by experienced bat biologists, with input from user groups, industry, biological consultants, ministry staff, researchers and members of the BC Bat Action Team. Some of the issues discussed in these documents are subject to ongoing research and therefore may change as more information becomes available.
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Chapter 1: Introduction to Bats in British Columbia
Chapter 2: Mine Developments and Inactive Habitats
Chapter 3: Caving, Rock Climbing, Geocaching and Other Activities Around Cave and Crevice Habitat
Chapter 4: Wind and Power Developments

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