Work Program Summary
Ecoscape is a leader in freshwater lake mapping and inventory. The Foreshore Inventory and Mapping (FIM) methodology was jointly developed by Ecoscape and Fisheries and Oceans Canada for use on freshwater lakes in British Columbia. FIM is used to quantify the level of disturbance (from a natural condition) that has occurred along lake shorelines. The strength of the methodology is that over time, it allows planners and resource managers to assess the rate of change occurring along shorelines. To date, we have worked on numerous mapping projects across BC and have mapped nearly 1500 km of shoreline. Significant FIM works include Shuswap Lake, Little Shuswap Lake, Little River, Mabel Lake, Mara Lake, Kootenay Lake, Moyie Lake, Monroe Lake, Quesnel Lake (West Arm), Horsefly Lake, Okanagan Lake, Wood Lake, Kalamalka Lake, Skaha Lake, and Osoyoos Lake.
The Aquatic Habitat Index (AHI) is the second step in the mapping process. Fisheries data is added to the FIM GIS dataset and an index is developed to rank the relative fisheries value of a shoreline. The AHI is easily incorporated into shoreline planning and guidance documents, such as Official Community Plans or Waterfront Plans.
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