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Report: Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping of the Central Okanagan with a Sensitive Ecosystems Inventory (SEI)

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Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping (1:20000 scale) was done for the Central Okanagan. The study area is located on the west side of Okanagan Lake and east of the city of Kelowna. Information provided describes the study area, wildlife habitat ratings and ecosystem units.

Author:  Mapping - Iverson, K. of Iverson & MacKenzie Biological Consulting Ltd. and Erwin, C. of the Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management (MSRM); Bioterrain mapping - Larry Lacelle, L. and Spaeth-Filatow, D. of MSRM and Sinneman, C.; Project management - Cadrin, C of MSRM, Iverson, K. and Gormley of the Regional District of the Central Okanagan; GIS - Lee, B. of Baseline Geomatics Inc., Brierley, T. of MSRM and Bruce Ganton of the Regional District of the Central Okanagan

Old Reference Number:  237 (TEM); 4002 (WHR); 4196 (SEI)

Old Reference System:  BAPID

Date Published:  Sep 2001

Report ID:  1757

Audience:  Government and Public

This project was completed in accordance with the 1998 Standard for Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping in B.C. and the 1998 Standard for Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping Digital Data Capture. The project includes two phases: the Central Okanagan which includes an area west of Okanagan Lake and east of city of Kelowna and the Central Okanagan South slopes which range along the southern boundary of the city. (The polygon spatial files and polygon attributes are presented as the two phases of the project. The Central Okanagan files are labelled COK, and the South Slopes are labelled COK_SS. All other files include both areas.) The study lies wholly within the Regional District of the Central Okanagan and falls within the following mapsheets: 082E073, 082E082, 082E083, 082E084, 082E092, 082E093, 082E094, 082L002, 082L003, 082L004, 082L013, and 082L023. There are two biogeoclimatic subzones within the study: the Okanagan Very Dry Hot Ponderosa Pine (PPxh1) and the Okanagan Very Dry Hot Interior Douglas-fir Variant (IDFxh1). The study area is located within the Southern Interior Ecoprovince and the North Okanagan Basin Ecosection (NOB). Wildlife Habitat Ratings and maps are developed for the following species: mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus), California bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis), badger (Taxidea taxus), Townsend's big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii), Western Screech-owl (Otus kennicottii), Lewis' Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis), Flammulated Owl (Otus flammeolus), Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus), painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) and gopher snake (Pituophis catenifer). A Sensitive Ecosystems Inventory theme was derived from the TEM mapping.

Report Type
  Terrestrial Information
  Amphibians & Reptiles - Northern Pacific Rattlesnake: Crotalus oreganos
  Amphibians & Reptiles - Painted Turtle: Chrysemys picta
  Amphibians & Reptiles - Western Rattlesnake: Crotalus viridis
  Birds - Flammulated Owl: Otus flammeolus
  Birds - Lewis' Woodpecker: Melanerpes lewis
  Birds - Western Screech-Owl: Otus kennicottii
  Biogeoclimatic Zone - IDF Interior Douglas-fir Zone
  Biogeoclimatic Zone - PP Ponderosa Pine Zone
  Mammals - Badger: Taxidea taxus
  Mammals - Bighorn Sheep: Ovis canadensis
  Mammals - Mule Deer: Odocoileus hemionus
  Mammals - Townsend's Big-eared Bat: Corynorhinus townsendii
  Region - Okanagan
  Terrestrial Information - Habitat Modeling
  Terrestrial Information - Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping (TEM)
  Terrestrial Information - Wildlife Habitat Ratings (WHR)
  Terrestrial Information - Sensitive Ecosystem Inventory (SEI)

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