Land Evaluation and Acquisition Framework (LEAF) Project
EcoPlan developed a decision framework and software tool to evaluate and prioritize private properties under the management of BC Parks’ Protected Area System. The model, called the Land Evaluation and Acquisition Framework (LEAF), has helped BC Parks make more informed, transparent, and accountable decisions regarding private land acquisitions. The evaluation model was developed to prioritize private land in-holdings in the rapidly expanding BC Park system. Scientific and technical data were combined with BC Park’s core values to evaluate the hundreds of private properties affecting the BC Protected Area System. Issues such as experiential integrity (recreation, aesthetics, development threats), ecological integrity (habitat at risk, biologically exceptional areas, corridors/buffers), heritage and culture, and management concerns (flexibility, costs, public acceptability) were explicitly considered in the development of the model. In addition, a database was developed to organize information and efficiently provide feedback on Park priorities based on specific constraints.