I am sending you a recent B.C.Coalition for Forestry Reform Report.
I support the coalition and have subsequently donated $100.00, a pittance when you consider the damage current forest practices have done to the forest ecosystem and the reputation of our province, a point we need to clarify with B.C. forest/lumber trading partners. I urge you to support their message!
A current memo from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development and signed by former Provincial Government Regional Biologist, Tom Ethier currently Assistant Deputy Minister Resource Stewardship Division is the NDP/Green Party Coalition Government’s response to the sorry state of wildlife management and habitat conservation. It is an important initiative but has a big downside- the measure of the participants, who with very few exceptions know the stories that showcase why the province’s wildlife resource is in trouble and the solutions necessary for change.
“The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development are engaging with stakeholders, Indigenous Communities and the public in an initiative we are calling Improving Wildlife Management and Habitat Conservation.
The second phase of the initiative, which is intended to start in December 2018 and last until May 2019 is designed to include more detailed interactive with stakeholders and to collaboratively develop policy options for government to consider.”
There are 54 organizations listed in the memo I will send you after Christmas, asked to participate in “developing policy options for government to consider.”
The impossible mission? Every British Columbian who cares about the future of the province’s wildlife resource must support/demand a dramatic reduction in hunting seasons, bag limits and Limited Entry hunting Authorizations as a critical first step to stop and reverse the dreadful collapse of most big game species.
Newsletters in the immediate future will give you more information to support the argument and hopefully you will do your part. The first target has to be the 54 organizations asked to participate in Improving Wildlife Management and Habitat Conservation.
By the way, Tom Ethier, the current Assistant Deputy Minister Resource Stewardship Division, accompanied my son, Bear on helicopter wildlife counts late 90s early 2000 when he was a Penticton Provincial Government Biologist. Deer counts were aborted-no significant number of deer to count! How does a no deer count in 2000 on an important ungulate winter range square up with preseason 2000 ungulate population’s estimate for Region 8 Okanagan:
Mule Deer Whitetail
Barry Brandow Sr.