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Managing For Ecological Integrity in BC's Parks and Protected Areas PRKS 3410

Parks Part-time Studies Course

Course details

The course provides an introduction to the concepts, definitions, principles, and practices of managing for ecological integrity in BC's Parks and Protected Areas.

Prerequisite(s)

  • High school graduation.

Credits

3.0

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Learning Outcomes

  • Module 1: Introduction to Environmental Integrity and Protected Areas
    • Describe the concept of ecological integrity.
    • Prioritize the top 10 threats to ecological integrity in BC parks and protected areas.
    • List the main arguments in support of BC Parks adopting an environmental integrity management approach as the fundamental basis of decision-making.
  • Module 2: Ecosystem Management
    • Define the three elements of an ecosystem.
    • Define ecosystem management.
    • Explain how the goals of ecosystem management applies to protected areas.
    • List the nine basic principles of ecosystem management.
    • Recommend alternative models of ecosystem management.
  • Module 3: Planning, Design and Reporting for Ecological Integrity
    • Explain the importance of conservation biological concepts.
    • State the impact of using conservation biological concepts in selecting protected areas.
    • Explain the importance of planning for ecological integrity.
    • Explain the benefits of producing written reports on the status of the provincial protected area system.
  • Module 4: Tools for Understanding and Protecting Ecological Integrity
    • Explain the importance of ecosystem science as a key part of managing for ecological integrity.
    • Describe how inventory, research and monitoring combine to help make informed management decisions.
    • Explain how ecological monitoring and assessment can be used as methods for assessing environmental conditions in a protected area.
    • Explain the role of data and technological tools in the presentation and management of ecological integrity.
    • Describe the natural and human disturbances that impact on the environment and the subsequent ecological consequences of each (non-native species, etc.).
    • Explain the importance of active conservation management programs in protected areas including fire restoration, non-native species, habitat restoration and species re-introduction.
  • Module 5: Managing the Built Environment
    • Describe how the built environment (infrastructure) in BC's parks and protected areas related to ecological integrity.
    • Recommend appropriate methods of facility design and daily operations that will minimize impact to the natural environment.
  • Module 6: Managing Human Use of Parks and Protected Areas
    • Explain the importance of understanding recreational use patterns and trends.
    • Describe the principles and guidelines for human use management.
    • Determine ecologically allowable and appropriate human use management.
    • Describe tools to monitor and manage human use.
  • Module 7: Outreach
    • Explain the role that interpretive communications and outreach play as a management tool.
    • Explain the role that interpretive communications and outreach play as methods of building public and community support for ecological integrity policies.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2004

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