Tobacco Plains Ecological Restoration
Partners: Tobacco Plains Indian Band, Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, Interdepartmental Recovery Fund
Location: Grasmere, BC
Date: 2006 to present
Description: Tobacco Plains Indian Reserve (TPIR) encompasses a significant area of critical grassland and open forested habitat for numerous species. TPIR is known to support populations of the following federally listed species: the Spalding's campion (Silene spaldingii) plant, American badger (Taxidea taxus jeffersonii), Lewis's wood pecker (Melanerpes lewis), and long-billed curlew (Numenius americanus). The population of Spalding’s campion found on and around TPIR is the only known Canadian population.
Since 2006, KES has worked in partnership with Tobacco Plains Indian Band to study Spalding’s campion and restore critical grassland and open forest habitat for the endangered plant and other species. With funding provided in large part from the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program and the Interdepartmental Recovery Fund, ecological restoration work to date has involved surveying and treatment of invasive plants; mapping and stratification of ecosystems to facilitate predicting Spalding’s campion subpopulation locations; developing grassland and open forest habitat restoration prescriptions; thinning prescription implementation to address forest encroachment and ingrowth; ongoing surveying, mapping and monitoring of Spalding’s campion subpopulations; and drafting a Federal Recovery Strategy for Spalding’s campion.
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