New Democrats show leadership on conservation of fish and wildlife

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VICTORIA— B.C. New Democrats showed leadership on fish and wildlife conservation with the introduction of legislation that would make conservation a priority and ensure adequate funding is provided, said Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy.

“New Democrats understand that British Columbians want to see actual leadership when it comes to science-based conservation and more inclusive collaboration and consultation on land use,” said Conroy. “We’re also addressing the call for adequate funding for habitat management.”

Conroy’s Sustainable Wildlife Management Act would require science based objectives, and peer review for habitat and wildlife management. It would establish a roundtable to carry out collaborative planning with First Nations, and stakeholder groups. Conservation of fish, wildlife and habitat will be a priority when planning for land and water use activities in British Columbia. It will ensure adequate funding goes towards the management of wildlife and habitat by establishing a special account.

“The Clark government has been nowhere when it comes to prioritizing habitats and populations.” said Conroy. “By implementing science-based habitat and population management, by seeking out the expertise and experience of First Nations, resident hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts, and by prioritizing the conservation and biodiversity of habitats and populations, we can ensure a sustainable wildlife.”

“This bill will help to protect wildlife, create jobs and ensure a thriving environment in British Columbia now and into the future for our children, grandchildren and their children.”

Here is a link to the introduction of the Sustainable Wildlife Management Act.