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Given their need for water, many amphibians live in low elevation areas in river valleys in British Columbia. These areas are also hot spots for human activity, which has resulted in extensive loss and alteration of their historic habitats into agricultural, then industrial and urban landscapes. They are also negatively impacted by other factors, such as pollution and the introduction of invasive alien species.

It is possible to mitigate the impacts of human activities in urban and rural landscapes by providing effective tools and information to developers, property and farmland owners, local governments, and the public. Amphibians and humans can often coexist if we consider their needs within the human landscape.

For more information, consult the following documents:

Best Management Practices for Amphibians and Reptiles in Urban and Rural Environments in British Columbia, Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection Ecosystem Standards and Planning Biodiversity Branch, November 2004

This report describes Best Management Practices (BMPs) designed to help maintain the viability of native amphibian and reptile populations in areas subject to land development activities in rural and urban areas of British Columbia.

Best Practices for Drainage Maintenance Works in Oregon Spotted Frog Habitat, DRAFT, 2010

This report describes Best Management Practices (BMPs) for ditch cleaning in Oregon Spotted Frog Habitat. This document is currently under revision. Please contact the chair of the Oregon Spotted Frog Recovery Team for up to date protocols.

Amphibians on My Land: Habitat Stewardship in Agricultural Landscapes 

By integrating habitat for amphibians, the stewardship practices presented in this brochure serve to make agriculture more productive and sustainable, while increasing the aesthetic, cultural and recreational aspects of the steward’s land – and ultimately its value.

‘Clean’ agricultural ditch that also serves as habitat to Oregon Spotted Frogs, Salmon, and lots of other life! Photo: Isabelle Groc

Excavator plucking invasive grass from drainage ditch in frog-friendly maintenance works. Photo: Monica Pearson