Richard Jeo, M.A. Sanjayan, Dennis Sizemore
Over the last century, the North American coastal temperate rainforest, a globally rare ecosystem, has been reduced by human activities, primarily logging, to about half its former range. However, large, contiguous, relatively intact areas remain in the central coast of British Columbia (BC) – a region where viable populations of all native terrestrial carnivores and salmon still persist. We were commissioned to develop a Conservation Areas Design (CAD) for the central coast of BC in order to delineate and prioritize areas for protection and restoration based on current scientific knowledge, the tenets of conservation biology, and the precautionary principle.