Future of fish & wildlife management town halls
How does B.C. compare to other jurisdictions when it comes to funding fish and wildlife management?
“We are dead last,” said East Kootenay Wildlife Association President Jeff Berdusco.
With a population in excess of 4.6 million, B.C. ranks last in funding fish and wildlife management compared to seven neighbouring jurisdictions in western North America.
“At this point in B.C.’s history, creating a world class management program is the paramount issue facing the future of fish and wildlife in the province,” said EKWA Vice President Mark Hall.
The BC Wildlife Federation in conjunction with the East Kootenay Wildlife Association, Fernie Rod & Gun Club and the Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club will be sponsoring a series of free public town halls across the East Kootenay this April.
The town halls will be forums for dialogue about the future of fish & wildlife management in the province.
Jesse Zeman, Resident Priority Program Manager for the BC Wildlife Federation calls the dilemma B.C. faces a “non-partisan issue” where no one particular government is to blame.
Wildlife management continues to top pre-election forums across the province. Zeman says the town halls are the opportunity for wildlife enthusiasts and election candidates to gain a deeper understanding of the problems and solutions. Those passionate about conservation are urged to engage and share ideas of how citizens and groups can work together to recover and increase fish and wildlife populations.
The BC Wildlife Federation presents The Future of Fish & Wildlife Management: Are We Losing What Makes B.C. Special?
Discussion topics: Declining fish & wildlife populations; Declining budgets for natural resource conservation; Lack of science for fish & wildlife management; Threats to public use of Crown land & resources; How citizens can drive positive change.
Town Hall schedules
Tuesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at the Fernie Elks Hall, 491 1st Avenue, Fernie.
Thursday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort Cranbrook, 209 Van Horne Street South, Cranbrook.
Friday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at the Invermere Community Hall, 709 10 Street, Invermere.
East Kootenay Wildlife Association