CMN has developed new data forms for use on a mobile device to record key SHIM attributes. SHIMobile enables practitioners to record important attributes about stream and riparian features using a common data dictionary. Find out more here.
Globe and Mail article on the recent CMN project: Assessing Wetland Compensation in the Lower Fraser River Estuary
Follow the link below to read the recent article by MARK HUME:
Marsh and Riparian Habitat Compensation in the Fraser River Estuary: A Guide for Managers and Practitioners
Only 1/3 of sampled marsh habitat compensation sites created between 1983 & 2010 are acceptably compensating for habitat losses even though No-Net-Loss was required by Fisheries and Oceans. The assessment project was funded by Environment Canada’s National Wetland Conservation Fund.
The complete “Guide for Managers and Practitioners” is available here.
The WildResearch Nightjar Survey is a citizen science survey program that collects baseline data for an understudied group of birds of conservation concern, the nightjars. – more
A 2015 survey of the compensations sites in the Lower Fraser River Estuary finds only 1/3 of the sites achieved No-Net-Loss as required by Fisheries and Oceans policy. The project was funded by Environment Canada’s National Wetland Conservation Fund.
The complete data report is available here.
The goals of the Nechako Watershed Health Atlas are:
– to assess the health of the Nechako River watershed in north central BC using best available data from a range of sources;
– to inform and influence decisions and actions that can improve the health and sustainability of the watershed and the communities that depend on it.
The Fraser Basin Council is the project lead with support from the Community Mapping Network and several partners from across the Nechako region
A new video produced by Leanna Boyer was added to the Eelgrass Atlas. Go to the eelgrass atlas page by selecting from the list of CMN atlases.
Great Blue Herons are a Blue-listed speciesin in BC and are vulnerable to disturbance by Bald Eagles and humans. The Great Blue Heron Atlas (on CMN) is now available for public view here
“It is the absolute pleasure of BIEAP and FREMP to recommend the content and services of the Community Mapping Network. CMN has hosted data of our programs for more than 5 years and provided an important source of information for our partners and the public alike. In particular, the hosting of our Program’s habitat mapping and inventory has provided a vital referral point for many requiring this information in order to conduct business along the shoreline of the lower Fraser River and Burrard Inlet.
Coordinated Project Review is a process whereby applications for shoreline development are reviewed by reviewing agencies prior to receiving approval. Due to the presence of productive fish habitat, certain areas of the lower Fraser cannot be developed. These areas have been mapped and a colour coding applied. This information is available via the FREMP Atlas on CMN. It has become standard practice of would-be developers to check the FREMP Atlas on CMN to determine how a location is colour-coded when making project review application.
As with all maps of the landscape in a dynamic environment, changes occur out there which require regular updating in the virtual landscape. The amazing staff of CMN have always gone above and beyond when the need for a change is highlighted or when a problem has been reported. Their prompt attention to reported problems or glitches of any kind are what makes this such a high-integrity resource to the community.
We, the staff of BIEAP and FREMP thank the CMN for their unwavering assistance and wish them every success for the future.”
The BC Wetlands Atlas provides a citizen-science based approach to mapping wetlands in British Columbia. The Atlas includes the provincial wetland layers (TRIM), some regional wetland mapping and it allows you, as a steward, to participate in conservation by adding valuable information to known wetlands and/or incorporate wetlands currently not found in the public domain. continued…