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Species at Risk

The Redstreak Restoration Project

What is the status the Redstreak Restoration Area?

Grasslands are recognized as one of BC’s most threatened ecosystems. In fact, grasslands represent less than 1% of the provincial land base, and are far more endangered than old growth forest.

Green grass 2 weeks post-burn.
2 weeks after the burn. Green grass starts to appear.
© Parks Canada / A. Dibb / 2005

British Columbia’s grasslands are important for the ranching industry that has raised livestock in BC for over a hundred years. Grassland valleys also provide important transportation corridors and agricultural areas. Grasslands are also becoming the places where people choose to develop their living spaces. There are no large, undisturbed areas of grassland left in British Columbia.

Why is the Redstreak Restoration Area in danger?

Historically the low-elevation forests and grasslands of British Columbia’s Southern Interior depended on occasional low-intensity surface fire (5 – 30 year fire cycle) to maintain their open structure and ecosystem function. Fire suppression created closed forests and loss of habitat for bighorn sheep and other species that rely on grassland/open forest ecosystems.

Grasslands face a number of threats, including residential development, habitat fragmentation, climate change, damage from recreational activities, inappropriate grazing practices, forest in-growth and non-native invasive plants.