Best Management Practices (BMPs) are approaches to management that are based on known scientific knowledge and aim to achieve a desired objective. Although there is no current master plan for Stanley Park, there are several goals that guide the work of the Vancouver Park Board and afford protection for wildlife species and their habitat:
- The Park Board’s Strategic Plan States that the “preservation and enhancement of the natural environment is a core responsibility of the Park Board” and includes actions to preserve existing native habitat and vegetation.
- Stanley Park Forest Management Plan provides management directives for wildlife, invasive species and species at risk.
- The City’s Vancouver 2020: A Bright Green Future Includes direction towards the restoration and protection of wetlands, streams and riverbanks, and a program to monitor and control harmful invasive species.
Species of Special Significance
The Vancouver Park Board’s Stanley Park Ecological Action Plan was a direct result of the release of SPES’s State of the Park Report for the Ecological Integrity of Stanley Park (SOPEI). This plan was approved by the board in January 2011, and – among other short and longer term priorities – proposes actions to address Species of Special Significance in Stanley Park including:
- Produce BMPs for each group of Species of Significance to be written in collaboration by Park Board and SPES staff.
- Develop a program to increase awareness within Park Board staff and contractors that prevents harmful actions – often unintentional – and to integrate BMPs into their regular operations.
Species of Significance in Stanley Park are of particular concern because they are either protected by law or are of special importance as features in Stanley Park’s natural heritage.
These groups of species contribute to the park’s rich but declining biodiversity, enhance the visitor experience and are essential to the overall ecological health of the park and, in some cases, the City of Vancouver.
Approximately 25 BMPs have been created for groups of species including:
- Species at risk
- Keystone species
- Nesting bald eagles
- Locally declining species
- Migratory birds