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Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection - Conservation

British Columbia is home to many nationally and internationally significant natural and cultural values. Through the establishment of parks, ecological reserves and protected areas, an important first step is undertaken to ensure that these values are afforded legal protection. The legal framework for protecting these important areas includes the:

Parks and protected areas are managed for important conservation values and are dedicated for the preservation of their natural environments for the inspiration, use and enjoyment of the public.

Places of special ecological importance are designated as ecological reserves for scientific research and educational purposes. Scientific research and study into values contained in protected areas is part of BC Parks' ongoing commitment to knowledge and information gathering. This includes the sharing of knowledge through publishing reports such as our occasional paper series.

BC Parks undertakes an approach of active conservation management to ensure the ecological integrity of the natural values within our diverse system. Our philosophical approach to protecting these important values is embodied in our conservation principles. Our guidelines for how conservation management shall be undertaken is expressed in our conservation program policies which include guidance on topics such as wildlife, vegetation, cultural heritage, geology and marine values.

BC Parks encourages community involvement in helping to conserve natural values through participation in the ecological reserve warden, conservation steward programs, and the development of protected area management plans.

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