Green Maps are used worldwide to highlight nature and its value to healthier communities. They often highlight values that are sometimes overlooked, yet are integral to sustainable human communities.
Wildsight Creston Valley Branch developed the Creston Valley Green Map project to engage the public in environmental awareness through science and to highlight conservation leverage in the valley. It should help advocates like Creston Valley Wildsight and decision-makers focus and protect the exceptional biodiversity of the Creston Valley and the habitat corridors essential to maintain it. The Green Map project analysed 28 pre-existing data sets for conservation themes. The visual representation allows for better comprehension of conservation values, threats and possible corridors. It also provides a focus and vision for conservation collaborations especially with changes looming from climate change predictions. Join Brian Churchill as he reviews the development and structure of the GIS based Green Map and discusses its use and future development.
Brian Churchill is a nominally retired biologist who schooled in Cranbrook, attained his B.Sc. from the University of Victoria and his M.Sc. in Forest Wildlife from the University of British Columbia. Brian has worked as an Environmental Biologist, Regional Wildlife and Habitat Section Head with the BC Ministry of Environment and subsequently as a consultant. Brian has worked on conservation biology and wildlife management projects involving swans, mountain goats, mountain sheep, caribou, moose, elk, deer, grizzly bear and biodiversity values. He is proud of his role leading a MOE team delivering Land and Resource Management Plans for three Peace Forest Districts (19% of BC). His community involvement included two terms each as a School Trustee and City Councillor, as a Director for Y2Y and president of The College of Applied Biology. Brian and spouse Rita returned to the Kootenays in 2011 making Creston their home. Brian is currently the President of Wildsight Creston Valley Branch and a Director with Creston Community Forest.