In the fall of 2015, Stewardship staff within the Peace District approached the Provincial ER Coordinator
about the possibility of developing an ER program for the District. Seed funding was provided to engage
a consultant with experience in other ecosystem restoration programs to lead the planning process and
develop the initial plan. The first step was to identify potential stakeholders to solicit input on the need for
such a program, and its possible scope. This work was conducted in the fall of 2015 and winter of 2016 in
a series of meetings and phone interviews, culminating in a stakeholder workshop on March 1st, 2016.
This plan represents the results of the stakeholder engagement process and ecosystem restoration
experience in other parts of the Province, most notably, the Omineca Region. Detailed GIS and other
types of data analyses will also be required to geographically identify potential restoration sites but these
activities are envisioned at the tactical and operational planning stages.
The plan was initiated as a pilot to explore the need for ecosystem restoration, the types of ecosystems
and activities that might merit attention, and the level of interest and support amongst stakeholders. It
provides a framework for integrating ecosystem restoration into other land management activities and
sets broad direction for a program over the next two to five years. It is expected that the plan will provide
stakeholders with the information they need to initiate an effective restoration program but it is not meant
to replace detailed planning.
Perceived benefits of ecosystem restoration management and planning include:
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ER Opportunities in the South Peace Planning Area Map