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Chris Addison joins fish and wildlife program

Wildlife biologist Chris Addison has joined the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program's board of directors for the Peace region.
Chris Addison
Chris Addison at the Peace River lookout south of Fort St. John. (Supplied)

Wildlife biologist Chris Addison has joined the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program's board of directors for the Peace region.

Addison brings 25 years experience as a biologist to the board, with his current work currently focused on game and species at risk, the FWCP noted in an announcement made Monday.

“Chris brings an obvious love for our region and extensive experience in wildlife biology to our board,” said Peace Region Manager Chelsea Coady in a statement.

“Most importantly, he has a wealth of connections with local stakeholders and the public, and we feel incredibly lucky that he’ll be able to bring that input to the board table.”

Born in Mackenzie and raised in Prince George, Addison received a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of British Columbia in 1996 and is a registered professional biologist. He has worked with Treaty 8 First Nations, local stakeholders, and the provincial government on caribou recovery as it relates to moose and predators.

Addison has lived in Fort St. John with his two children since 2011. He and his dog Gidget can often be found out hiking local trails or camping in the backcountry, the FWCP said.

The Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program is a partnership between BC Hydro, the province, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, First Nations, and local communities and groups to support fish and wildlife impacted by hydroelectric dam development in the region.

The 16-person board awards around $1.5 million in funding each year for fish and wildlife projects in the region. 

The program's annual grant intake opens August 12.

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