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Publications & Reports

Click the links below for a selection of Veridian reports. Please contact Rachel directly for additional information and copies of reports if they are unavailable below.



Climate Change

 

  • Veridian Ecological Consulting undertook a Kootenay Resilience Analysis – focused on climate change projections and adaptation strategies for forested ecosystems in the West Kootenays. Reports cover the specifics of climate vulnerability, resilience, climate projections, adaptation options and social barriers to change.  For all 11 reports from this project, please visit the website: http://westkootenayresilience.org/
  • Conservation Mapping for the Kootenay  region in the face of climate change. Lead by Greg Utzig, this project uses data on values, existing protection and connectivity needs to identify management strategies for key zones on the landbase. Maps and Reports are available at: Conservation Mapping Project
  • Conservation and Adaptation in British Columbia: Strategic Opportunities in a Climate Changing World. This report looks at ecological values, the human footprint and climate change pressures for British Columbia. These patterns together result in a need to rethink conservation and adaptation strategies. Maps of provincial patterns for ecological values, footprint, climate change and carbon provide a strategic overview, and each ecoprovince is discussed on its own merits. Report available at:  Climate and Conservation in BC
  • Darkwoods Conservation Area: Climate and Fire Vulnerability Analysis. Climate change requires us to re-assess both management and conservation strategies. This report provides an adapting to changes in climate and particularly fire, on Darkwoods Conservation Area in Southern BC. Darkwoods_Fire_Vulnerability

 

From Science to Management

 

  • An Analysis of the Oil and Gas Commissions Area-based Analysis.To what degree are cumulative effects assessed and managed for in Northeast BC? Contact Rachel questions about this analysis.
  • A Land Stewardship Framework for Blueberry River First Nation territory. This report provides an analysis of the condition of the landscape and recommendations for immediate and longer term actions needed.  BRFN Land Stewardship Framework-FINAL-June28_2016
  • An Ecosystem Based Land Management Framework – Prepared for Fort Nelson First Nation.
  • Forest Biodiversity: Provincial Cumulative Effects Framework. Development of an approach. (2014) This work is ongoing by the province and reports are available at: Provincial Cumulative Effects

 

Environmental Risk Assessments and Analysis

 

  • Howser Glacier Independent Power Project Old Growth Assessment.
  • Haida Gwaii/ Queen Charlotte Islands Land Use Plan: Comparison with two Basecases – A Summary of Results.Describes the environmental implications of the two recommendation options provided by the Haida Gwaii Community Planning Forum, and compares these outputs to risk levels associated with current forest management policy. Please contact Veridian for a copy of this report.

 

Forest Management Standards

 

  • Development of Forest Management Standards to support the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. See author for details. Rachel was a member of a Canada-wide team tasked with developing ecosystem based management standards for the Canadian Boreal Forest.

The core Coast Information Team comprised (in alphabetical order): Rachel F. Holt, Laurie Kremsater, Andy MacKinnon, Jim Pojar, and Karen Price. Brigitte Dorner, Pamela Dykstra, and Faisal Moola provided draft text for sections in their areas of expertise.

Old and Ancient Forest Assessments

 

Old Growth Forest Conservation

  • Recent work includes development of low risk management approaches for the Great Bear Rainforest agreement. In 2016, we celebrated signing of the GBR plan and Act – after 14 years of work.  Details of the agreement can be found: Great Bear Rainforest Agreement

 

Defining Old Growth Forest

 

High Conservation Value Forests

 

Biodiversity

These two reports present and discuss key functional elements and other ‘special’ elements of biodiversity in BC.

 

Endangered Forests

  • State of the Environment Reporting: A framework and indicators for the Columbia BasinPrepared for the Columbia Basin Trust. As part of an on-going process to develop a ‘Wellbeing’ or ‘State of The Basin’ report, the Columbia Basin Trust commissioned a report to identify potential environmental indicators. Here we review a wide range of ‘State of the Environment’ reports from around the world, and provide a detailed look at potential environmental indicators for the Columbia Basin.
  • Biodiversity Conservation in BC: An Assessment of Threats and Gaps. Prepared for the BC Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection, Biodiversity Branch. A review of the extent and diversity of threats to biodiversity occuring in BC. In addition, an overview of the existing protection and gaps in conservation. Intended to provide a basis for the development of a BC Biodiversity Strategy.

 

Ecological Restoration

  • Ecological Restoration Priorities for BC. Based on a series of workshops held in 2002. Ordered by region, and summarised by province. Six Reports available from the author.
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