Ecosystem-Based Management

Ecosystem-based management is an approach to resource management that recognizes that people, communities and the land are inseparable. Choices must consider the health of both people and the land that sustains them. 

Ecosystem-based management has two overarching goals:

  • Maintain ecosystem health
  • Improve human well-being

Forestry under ecosystem-based management means that First Nations values and ecological values are protected using new ‘lighter touch’ rules that describe where and how forestry can take place. These rules are defined in specific land use objectives that protect cultural, aquatic and terrestrial values by:

  • Maintaining monumental cedar and culturally modified trees
  • Protecting important riparian areas on fish bearing streams
  • Ensuring a supply of traditional resources such as plant foods
  • Protecting special aquatic features such as wetlands
  • Protecting grizzly bear habitat

Guardian Watchmen programs gather information that is critical for implementing land use plans and help to determine whether forestry operations comply with the new land use objectives.

Check out our Resources and Publications section for more information on ecosystem-based management.  Download the following EBM Fact Sheets on Ecosystem-Based Management, Land Use Plans, Land Use Objectives, Conservancies, Human Well-Being, Local Economic Development, Monitoring, and Adaptive Management.