• Caribou Protection: 12/6/2018

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    December 06, 2018
    The Provincial and Federal governments will be implementing Caribou recovery plans for Boreal Caribou.  The Fort Nelson Chamber of Commerce has  been working with the BC Chamber and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality to lobby for open and transparant consultation that will lead to a well balanced plan for Caribou recovery.  

    We have the support of Chambers across BC through the adoption of our 2017 Caribou policy which recommends the provincial government:  (See the full policy here)
    1. Ensure adequate stakeholder interests are understood and considered, and have the ability to inform the development of the plan and its implementation. Stakeholders include all those impacted, including, but not limited to: industry, ENGO’s, First Nations and Metis, municipal governments and community-based organizations.
    2. Complete a socio-economic impact assessment prior to the implementation of any management plan and in conjunction to a scientific assessment being conducted.
    3. Implement a multi-species approach to planning.
    The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality is also working to address concerns regarding the Boreal Caribou Implementation plan and potential impacts to forestry rejuvenation and the Community Forest Application  (click here for link)

    In recent weeks we have seen concern in the South Peace over a lack of open and transparent consultation between the Province and stakeholders (communities / regional districts / land owners / business).  The Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce has released the letter attached here.  If you would like more information on the South Peace region and potential impacts contact Kathleen Connolly at the Dawson Creek Chamber 250-719-4868

    We absolutely need to work with our partners, communities, and all levels of government (First Nation, Municipal, Provincial and Federal) to protect our environment, ensure caribou and other species are protected, preserve our way of life and have economies that provide for families and communities.  Open and transparent consultation is critical and we must look at the entire picture as we are all interconnected.   

    Bev Vandersteen
    (250) 774-2956