The B.C. Wildlife Federation has asked provincial parties ahead of the October 24 provincial election to increase investment in fish and wildlife, and to respond to concerns around dwindling natural resources.
In a press release out Wednesday, the BCWF said, "A lack of investment in wildlife management, combined with the impacts of resource extraction and a growing human population has severely reduced a number of species and is jeopardizing the future of B.C.’s natural legacy."
“B.C. should be striving to strengthen its communities and economy, based on healthy and resilient ecosystems and abundant wildlife. The recent Progress Report on the Province of British Columbia’s Wildlife Platform clearly demonstrates how a lack of government funding is connected to the wildlife crisis we find ourselves in,” said Bill Bosch, B.C. Wildlife Federation President. “As the province of British Columbia is learning with endangered caribou, it takes exponentially more money to bring species back from the brink than it does to keep species from declining in the first place.”
Questions have been put forth to party leaders, with several parties responding. Their answers can be found here.
“Now is the time to invest, conserve, protect and restore our landscapes and wildlife to stabilize and restore what makes British Columbia special. This requires a commitment from the Province to re-establish British Columbia as a world leader in fish, wildlife and habitat management,” said Jesse Zeman, B.C. Wildlife Federation Director of Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program.
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