Project maps out Shuswap ecosystem

The Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program has completed a sensitive ecosystem inventory along the middle Shuswap River.

There’s been a lot of work focused on the Shuswap River near Lumby and Cherryville.

The Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program has completed a sensitive ecosystem inventory along the middle Shuswap River.

“The inventory has identified those particularly rich habitats that contribute to ecosystem functions, species diversity and species,” said Susan Latimer, project manager.

“The area was mapped using rigorous scientific methods and provincial standards in a process called terrestrial ecosystem mapping.”

Ecosystem mapping divides a landscape into map units, according to a combination of features, primarily climate, physiography, superficial material, bedrock geology, soil, and vegetation.

An earlier 2006 project used aerial photos to create a map of these ecosystems. In this part of the project, a field crew checked 20 per cent of the mapped areas on the ground to verify air photo interpretation.

“Final reporting is now completed and the reports and maps are available at www.okcp.ca,” said Latimer.