Caring for the environment includes protecting habitats, ecosystems and vegetation while monitoring ongoing development projects.

Soil & Terrain

Soil is the thin layer of material at the earth’s surface that consists of weathered and organic materials, air, water and living organisms. Terrain mapping provides information about the lay of the land (landforms) and the distriibution of surficial materials (materials on top of bedrock), and natural processes operating on the landscape (weathering, erosion).  Terrain attributes strongly influence the development of soils, vegetation communities and ecosystems and potential hazards (such as landslides). 

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Land is a vital component of healthy ecosystems that provide clean air and water, healthy forests and farms, and habitats for plants and animals. Learn about the diverse range of ecosystems in B.C. that support thousands of individual plant and animal species.

Vegetation Management

There are various methods used to protect and encourage the growth of vegetation. These could include the use of mechanical, chemical (herbicide) or other techniques.