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Recovery Strategy for Morrison Creek Lamprey
7. Recovery Goal
The recovery goal for Morrison Creek lamprey is to secure its long-term viability within its natural range. It is likely that this species will always remain at some risk due to its extremely limited distribution.
8. Recovery Objectives
Recovery objectives are stated as follows:
- Maintain a self-sustaining population of Morrison Creek lamprey within Morrison Creek.
- Maintain, and where possible enhance, the ecological integrity of habitat for Morrison Creek lamprey.
- Resolve taxonomic uncertainties related to Morrison Creek lamprey for the purposes of its effective protection and recovery.
- Increase scientific understanding of Morrison Creek lamprey through additional investigation of its natural history, critical habitat and threats to its persistence.
- Foster awareness of Morrison Creek lamprey and its conservation status, and encourage active local involvement in stewardship and habitat protection.
9. Approaches to Meeting Recovery Objectives
The general approach recommended in this recovery strategy includes:
- establish and support stewardship initiatives,
- undertake specific research activities to fill knowledge gaps and clarify threats,
- delineate and protect key habitats,
- minimize impacts from land and water use within the context of a broader watershed development plan, and
- design and implement sound monitoring programs.
A description of the recommended approaches and actions is presented in Table 1. These actions will be further detailed in the Action Plan, to be created by the Recovery Implementation Group. Further plans and decisions may require involvement of stakeholders and participants including government agencies, First Nations, private land owners, industry and local stewardship groups.
|Priority||Strategy||Actions||Performance Measure |
|Necessary||Establish and support a Recovery Implementation Group (RIG) for Morrison Creek Lamprey.||Has a RIG been established? Is the RIG adequately supported with funding and technical expertise? Has the RIG developed an Action Plan? Is the RIG achieving the goals outlined in the Recovery Strategy?|
|Necessary||Address information gaps that inhibit conservation of Morrison Creek lamprey.|
Address key information gaps including:
|Are there key information gaps that inhibit conservation of Morrison Creek lamprey?|
|Primary||Clarify threats to Morrison Creek lamprey.|
Undertake appropriate research to clarify threats, including:
|Have threats been clarified and assessed? Are threats being mitigated?|
|Primary||Conduct studies to help define critical habitat for Morrison Creek lamprey.||Undertake necessary research to define critical habitat and to delineate it in the wild. See Section 6.2 for a list of necessary research activities.||Has critical habitat been defined for Morrison Creek lamprey?|
|Primary||Develop a watershed-scale sustainability plan that includes: 1) identification of key habitat, flow, and water quality values for lamprey, and 2) guidelines to avoid localized and watershed-scale impacts, that can be incorporated into effective decision making.||RIGwill work with stakeholders to ensure that watershed development plans for the drainage address key habitat concerns.||Have key areas in the watershed (i.e., those that are disproportionately important for maintaining habitat and the natural flow regime) been identified? Has a watershed plan that recognizes these habitats as important been developed? Have key habitats been effectively protected?|
|Primary||Develop and implement a long-term monitoring program.|
Recovery Team and RIG to develop a monitoring program to assess population response to management activities or threats. Monitoring may include:
Have monitoring programs been implemented?
How long has a monitoring program been in place? Is it effective? Is it a benign activity for the population? Is funding secure for the long term?
|Primary||Establish water quality and water use objectives for Morrison Creek.||Have water quality and water use objectives been established and communicated to relevant regulators and stakeholders?|
Develop and implement an information and education plan that includes the following elements:
RIGto work with government agencies and educators to develop
|Have educational materials been produced? Has public perception and awareness been affected? How many classes have received educational presentations? Has public perception and awareness been affected? Has public perception and awareness been affected?|
|Secondary||Work with local government, land developers, and others to improve and encourage watershed stewardship.||Develop criteria for assessing effects of land developments (including forest harvest and urban development) on lamprey habitats, develop guidelines for good stewardship, establish Wildlife Habitat Areas where appropriate, and establish Special Development Areas where appropriate. For private lands, work with land owners to encourage good stewardship. Develop and implement Best Management Practices, as needed. Develop and use conservation covenants where useful.||Have forest harvest and land management criteria been developed? Have WHAs been established where needed? Is forest harvest and land development meeting the criteria? Have BMPs been developed and communicated? Is there compliance with BMPs?|
|Secondary||Develop sound protocols for scientific investigations (e.g., limit number of fish collected each year, etc.)||Recovery Team to work with government agencies to set boundaries for experimental work and collection activities. Note: SARA permits are required to legally collect and undertake research on a listed wildlife species.||Have scientific investigation protocols been set and communicated? Have they been implemented?|
 Priority has been assigned based on professional judgement into one of three groups, from highest to lowest: necessary, primary, secondary.
 Performance measures plot the progress toward meeting the stated objectives. The performance measures are presented here as questions, the answers to which can be plotted in time to monitor progress.
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