Coastal Sand Ecosystem Status Report
Coastal sand ecosystems such as dunes and spits are rare in British Columbia and support a disproportionately high number of rare species and ecological communities. The purpose of the status report is to provide a foundation for ecosystem-based recovery planning to conserve species and ecological communities in coastal sand ecosystems. It provides information on geomorphology, coastal processes, ecological patterns, species and ecological communities, ethnoecology, threats, and ecosystem trends to improve the collective knowledge about these ecosystems, and to assist with recovery planning.
Coastal sand ecosystems in BC are not well studied relative to forested, grassland, or meadow ecosystems. They contain sparsely-vegetated or herbaceous ecological communities, as well as associated forest, wetland, and bluff communities. Coastal sand ecosystems occur at the intersection of marine and terrestrial realms where ecological patterns are structured by geomorphic and oceanographic disturbance processes.
Location: Coastal BC