Understanding Biodiversity in Coastal Forested Landscapes
What is Biodiversity? A simple definition might be
Biodiversity is the variety of living things, and the variety of ecosystems that support them.
There are approximately 3 million species, not counting bacteria. We have only identified a small fraction of these species and have only a rudimentary understanding of the relationships within ecosystems. How do we maintain biodiversity when we know so little about it?
Obviously, to maintain biodiversity it is necessary to invest in protecting wild lands, preferably old growth as it supports the largest variety of species and ecological process and especially, protects the biodiversity that we don’t know much about. Simply put, the strategy is to protect enough land to be confident that known and unknown biodiversity will persist over time. Read more about Old Growth.
The big questions: How much land needs to be protected and where are these lands?
Let's start by looking at a geographical-political map of our study area, the Sunshine Coast Forest District (SCRD).
The SCCA gratefully recognizes the assistance of the Mountain Equipment Co-op, Patagonia Environment Fund, the Vancouver Foundation and our own special Sunshine Coast funders.
In this Section
- Biodiversity in Coastal Forested Landscapes Overview
- Understanding Biodiversity in Coastal Forested Landscapes
- Geographic and Political Map of BC
- Tools and Resources for Biodiversity Protection
- Biogeoclimatic Zones of BC
- Bioecoclimatic Zones of Sunshine Coast Forest District
- Map of BEC Subzones of the Sunshine Coast Forest District
- Landscape Units of the Sunshine Coast Forest District
- Biogeoclimatic Subzones and Landscape Units in the SC Forest District
- Biogeoclimatic Subzones of the Chapman Landscape Unit
- Biogeoclimatic Subzones of the Sechelt Landscape Unit
- Age Classes of the SC Forest District
- Age Classes of the Sechelt Landscape Unit
- Age Classes of the Chapman Landscape Unit
- Landscape Unit Plans and Old Growth Management Areas
- Old Growth Management Areas of the SC Forest District
- Fisheries Sensitive Watersheds of the SC Forest District
- A Partial List of Small Regionally Significant Fisheries Watersheds
- A Collage of Small Watershed Estuaries
- Potential Marbled Murrelet Nesting Habitat in the SC Forest District
- SC Forest District Mountain Goat Winter Ranges (MGWR)