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

Parks Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the Winter 2022 term as informed by BC Provincial Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

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.


High school graduation.



This course isn't currently offered through BCIT Part-time Studies. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

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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