Information for Your Practice
This page lists information members may use in their work. The page is broken into the following sections.
- General Information
- Releases from the Government Agencies
A publication titled "The Expectations That Affect the Management of Public Forest and Range Lands in British Columbia: Looking Outside the Legislation" may be of interest to members, especially those working in the FRPA environment. To view this document go to here
Canadian Federal Government
The Species at Risk Act (SARA) was proclaimed in June 2003, and is one part of a three part Government of Canada strategy for the protection of wildlife species at risk.
The Act recognizes that the protection of wildlife species is a joint responsibility and that all Canadians have a role to play in the protection of wildlife. It applies to all federal lands in Canada; all wildlife species listed as being at risk; and their critical habitat.
The Public Registry is your gateway to information and documents relating to the Species at Risk Act (SARA).
US Federal Government
A series of videos on Wind Energy Training Development is available for free and can be accessed at http://www.fws.gov/windenergy/wind_training/wind_training.html.
British Columbia Provincial Government
Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA)
In order to assist members with the certification option under FRPA, the College has worked with the ABCFP, the APEGBC, and the BCIA to develop a certificate that members can use when fulfilling obligations under this section of the Act. The certificate can be found at FRPA Certificate.
To view information and the legislation on FRPA go to this link
To view FRPA Bulletins pertinent to College members
- FRPA General Bulletin (Number 12) Use Of The Term "Practicable" In Results And Strategies
- FRPA General Bulletin (Number 40) Guidance on Interpreting the words "material adverse effect" and "Material adverse impact"
Species at Risk
On May 3, 2004 the Minister of Water Land and Air Protection established a "category of species at risk" by order made under the authority of section 11(1) of the Government Actions Regulation (BC Reg. 17/04) of the Forest and Range Practices Act. This category of species at risk represents those species that may be affected by forest or range management on Crown land and are listed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). Notification of this order was published in the May 6, 2004 edition of the BC Gazette.
Environment Minister Barry Penner announced measures to protect more endangered species on July 5th, 2006 while attending the opening ceremonies of the Canadian Geographic 2006 Canadian Environment Awards.
Forty-five new species were added to the category of species at risk under the Forest and Range Practices Act. The Ministry of Environment has authority to designate species to be protected under this act. These are provincially red- and blue-listed (endangered and threatened) species identified as being impacted by forest and range activities, and requiring specific habitat protection.
For more information go to http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_releases_2005-2009/2006ENV0047-000745.htm
In 2007, the College of Applied Biology and the Association of BC Forest Professionals signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which, in part, sets out the cooperation in areas of practice overlap between the definitions of “applied biology” and the “practice of professional forestry. One of the joint documents prepared was a document on species at risk titled Guidance for Resource Professionals Managing Species at Risk in BC.
Riparian Areas Regulation
The office of the Ombudsperson released the report in March 2014 " Striking A Balance: The Challenges of Using a Professional Reliance Model in Environmental Protection - British Columbia's Riparian Areas Regulation". This report can be viewed at https://www.ombudsman.bc.ca/images/resources/reports/Public_Reports/Striking_a_Balance_Report.pdf .
The Riparian Areas Regulation, enacted under Section 12 of the Fish Protection Act in July 2004, calls on local governments by March 31, 2005 to protect Riparian Areas during residential, commercial, and industrial development by ensuring that proposed activities are subject to a science based assessment conducted by a Qualified Environmental Professional. Information about the Riparian Areas Regulation can be found here.
Guidance documents and forms for assessment can be accessed at http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/habitat/fish_protection_act/riparian/docs.html
The College of Applied Biology (CAB) has partnered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) and the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) to produce the Professional Practice Guidelines - Legislated Riparian Area Assessments in British Columbia. This document provides guidance and establishes the standard of practice when carrying out riparian assessments that are consistent with BC’s Riparian Areas Regulation.
Other Areas of Interest
1. Fish-Forestry Interaction Programs in British Columbia
Issues arising from the interaction between fish and forest resource values have been a major concern to managers and scientists for over 35 years in British Columbia (B.C.). This web site is intended to provide an overview of the Fish-Forestry Interaction Programs (FFIPs) conducted since 1968. The individual projects are summarized and links to more detailed descriptions are provided at http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hre/ffip/
2. Contaminated Sites
APEGBC administers the Contaminated Sites Roster of Professional Experts on behalf of the Ministry of Environment. For information on Contaminated Sites in B.C. go to http://www.csapsociety.bc.ca/ .
3. Sewage Regulation and the Organic Matter Recycling Regulation
The College and APB have been working with government and the other professions (Qualified Professionals Steering Committee) to ensure that our members are aware of their opportunities and obligations under provincial legislation. One of these initiatives involves the Municipal Sewage Regulation and the Organic Matter Recycling Regulation.
Questions on this material should be directed to the Chief Executive Officer, College of Applied Biology, at 250-383-3306 or [email protected]
BC Conservation Data Centre News Update
The latest and greatest version of BC Species and Ecosystems Explorer is now available!
1. A simplified search page with an “accordion format”.
2. The ability to search for:
- species by RISC codes and synonyms,
- marine fish and tiger beetles,
- more than one Forest District at a time,
- MoE Regions and Regional Districts for red, blue and legally designated species, and all ecological communities.
- Ecosystems Groups for ecological communities.
3. Direct links to Google Maps to view mapped known locations of species/ecosystems at risk.
4. Bibliographic links to:
- new documents including status reports, recovery plans, and best management practices,
- range/distribution maps for bats.
- the new Cross-Linked Information Repositories (CLIR),
- Habitat Wizard for fish.
5. New and revised help pages, FAQs, Glossary, and Advanced Search Tips.
6. COSEWIC assessment ranks updated to March 2008.
THANK YOU !! to everyone who submitted ideas, suggestions, and links.
NOTE: Our new lists of species by MoE region and by Regional District are based on the best information we had available. However, they should not be considered definitive. If you notice errors or omissions, please let us know at [email protected]
4. Professional Reliance Task Force
The final report from the Professional Reliance Task Force is now available to members. To view this document please go to PRTF Final Report.
5. Other Information to Note
The joint guidance document developed with the ABCFP is now available to members. To download go to Guidance on Providing Professional Advice and Managing Species at Risk.
Copies of Version 2004 documents Accounts and Measures for Managing Identified Wildlife and the Procedures for Managing Identified Wildlife can be downloaded from the IWMS website:
The Ungulate Winter Range website has been updated to include links to approved ungulate winter ranges and their associated boundaries and objectives http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/wld/frpa/uwr/index.html.