Many areas in northeastern BC that are planned for resource development have high wildlife habitat value. As such, the Environmental Protection and Management Regulation requires companies to implement mitigative measures to protect wildlife and their habitats.
Wildlife assessments begin with a desktop review of wildlife habitat areas (WHA), ungulate winter ranges (UWR), and species of concern. This information helps determine which species require assessment, whether a wildlife mitigation plan is required, and if the project schedule or location needs to be amended to reduce impacts.
In some circumstances, for construction work to proceed during species-specific critical timing windows, regulators may require an on-site environmental monitor be present at all times to monitor and mitigate impacts to wildlife.