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COSEWIC Assessment and Status Report on the Banded Cord-moss in Canada

Limiting Factors and Threats

Limiting factors and threats to the habitats of Entosthodon fascicularis may include urban or highway development, hiking, wildfowl grazing, and usage of some areas by dogs (Table 2). However, most of the reported populations are in relatively protected or isolated areas or microsites that are probably not impacted much by the majority of these factors. However, Population 13, near Harmac, is in an area destined for future development. The last four to five years have been particularly dry in Garry oak habitats of coastal British Columbia where many of the populations are found, and some of the populations may have declined because of this drought, possibly related to climate change. 


Table 2: Habitat and General Characteristics of Known Populations of Entosthodon fascicularis in British Columbia (from Table 1).
PopulationLimiting Factors and ThreatsHabitat Condition and TrendPopulation Size and TrendProtection and Ownership
1?A???BC Highways
3B, DF, HM, ?MunicipalPark
4?A, B, D??probably a park
5C, DF-G, JM, ?Private Golf Course
6???Protected area on Federal Land
9???possibly within the new Southern Gulf Islands National Park (Federal Land)
11??M (one small patch)MunicipalPark
12A?M (a few small patches)Private (under transmission power lines)
13A?MPrivate (Weyerhauser)
14none?MFederal protected area near observatory

Notes (in all cases, ‘?’ refers to ‘unknown’ or ‘uncertain’:

  1. With respect to column for Limiting Factors and Threats: A refers to urban or highway development, B refers to hiking, C refers to wildfowl grazing, and D refers to usage of areas by dogs.
  2. With respect to column for Habitat Condition and Trend: Habitat Condition: E refers to relatively undisturbed, F refers to moderately disturbed, G refers to heavily disturbed; Habitat Trend: H refers to possibly improving, I refers to possibly stable, J refers to possibly degrading.
  3. With respect to column for Population Size and Trend: Population Size: K means widespread in area surveyed, L means uncommon across site, and M rare across site; Population Trend: N may be improving, O may be stable, P may be degrading.
  4. With respect to column for Protection and Ownership: text in table describes ownership.