3.4 Strategic Shifts

In order to create plans for all the caribou in B.C., and to align our work with the federal Species at Risk Act objectives, the new Caribou Recovery Program will mean significant changes in how the Province will approach this  work.

We expect to make significant changes in how the Province will apply laws and regulation, support, plan, carry out, monitor and record this work. We will strengthen relationships with First Nations, sectors groups, partners and the public, and other jurisdictions. We will better communicate to the partners and public how and why we make our decisions, and will share our findings and the outcome of our  actions.

Generally, the new recovery program will be more disciplined and integrated in its scope, so that our approach remains consistent, transparent and reliable over time.

7 responses to “3.4 Strategic Shifts

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    [-] Bryce

    Significant change is exactly what is needed or we will continue to see declines across the board in our caribou.

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    [-] Christy

    As a wildlife biologists that has worked to retain caribou habitat and seen industrial impacts on wildlife in general for the last 20 years, I am appalled at the lack of responsibility, on the part of the government, to manage information and coordinate industrial activities on the land base. Every report I've had from foresters is that companies are working in the same valley and not coordinating activities to properly evaluate cumulative impacts. It is the governments role to evaluate cumulative impacts (they are the ones responsible for the resource). Critical habitat information (goshawk nest), when reported to the MFLR, was met with a shrug of the shoulders because they do not maintain the information base.
    Throughout this document there are suggestions of ' best management practices' and 'recommendations'. It cannot be left to the industry, consultants and foresters to make the proper decisions. These same procedures have been used over the last 20 years without a beneficial impacts to caribou populations.
    It is clear the government needs to apply drastic regulations on linear development and access in proximity to caribou habitat and become responsible for the administrative management of the information and activities on the landscape.

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    [-] Janice

    The gov't is notoriously bad at these types of projects. And if you are serious about significant changes about how you approach this work, then that means handing off the work and decision making to those in the know. Indigenous stakeholder partners, biologists, etc. and allowing them to make recommendations that are acted upon in a TIMELY fashion.

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    [-] James

    This paragraph shows that this document is just a plan to make a plan. Meanwhile, the provincial government goes on permitting more and more industrial activities in critical caribou habitat.

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    [-] Alexander

    It is clear from all of the people such as Christy above here, scientists, and conservation organizations that biologists usually only find out after the fact that logging has occurred in critical habitat. There is no requirement to include biologists in any sort of pre-planning, impact study, etc. which could prevent accidental loss of critical habitat. I think that recommendations and best practices are one thing, but having a mandated requirement to involve the proper unbiased scientific review of habitat before logging or resource extraction occurs is the only way to ensure we don't continue to repeat the same mistakes and destroy the habitat these animals rely on. Also, the habitat impact reviews should be at the expense of the industries who are profiting from the resource.

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    [-] Jared

    Excellent, the proof will be walking the walking after talking the talk. Many Briitsh Columbian's have lost faith in our gov'ts ability or perhaps our gov'ts desire to actually turn this crisis around. Many feel they are just treading water or buying time until the federal gov't steps in and has to take over. Quick action and implementation of this strategy is a must. Let's not wait any longer!

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    [-] Scott

    Be proactive rather than reactive.
    Ground all decisions in science.
    Assign a value to wildlife.
    Set population objectives and manage to these objectives. What we have in BC is special. Wildlife is a valuable resource; it must be seen as such and managed accordingly. We must take a proactive, aggressive action to ensure we have abundant wildlife populations for all to enjoy, both today and in the future.
    Track our results. We must know what impacts our efforts are having – both positive and negative – and be aggressive in our efforts to achieve specific population-recovery goals.
    Let’s get real or let’s not play.
    The perception of hunting/trapping as anti-conservation. These stakeholders were first to assign a value to wildlife and have staked their livelihoods on abundant wildlife populations both today and in the future.
    Increased pace. We must recognize the urgency of taking proactive and productive action.
    Apply a triage approach – focus our efforts in the areas of the province, and on the strategies, that will maximize the number of survivors.

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