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Posted: April 8, 2019

Region excluded from caribou engagement sessions

Despite claiming it is bringing caribou conservation engagement to the “Kootenays” in an April 8 news release, there will be no provincial government public engagement session in the East Kootenay.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development this morning announced “Caribou conservation engagement scheduled for April 15-17 in Kootenays.”

Three sessions are scheduled, two in the Central Kootenay (Nelson and Nakusp) and one in Revelstoke, which isn’t part of the Kootenays.

The ministry says the public is invited to the community engagement sessions to provide feedback on two draft agreements to conserve southern mountain caribou populations.

The two draft agreements have been developed under Section 11 of the federal Species at Risk Act.

A draft Section 11 agreement between British Columbia and Canada sets a framework for co-operation between the two governments to recover southern mountain caribou.

A draft partnership agreement between B.C., Canada, West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations proposes specific habitat protection and restoration measures to recover the central group herds of southern mountain caribou.

Staff from the provincial and federal governments will share information about the draft agreements and will be available to answer questions.

Feedback collected from these sessions will help inform the final agreements.

The community engagement sessions are scheduled as follows:

Revelstoke – Monday, April 15
Revelstoke Community and Aquatic Centre

Nelson – Tuesday, April 16
Prestige Lakeside Resort and Convention Centre

Nakusp – Wednesday, April 17
Nakusp and District Sports Complex

Overviews of the draft agreements, a feedback form, maps and general information, are available online.

Lead image from Wildsight/ by David Moskowitz

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