4. Management & Decision Making



The province will adopt a program-wide management system that will include a series of consistent steps to keep decision-making at all levels flexible and fair. The governance and team planners will use a systematic decision-making process that will help guide their choices in all aspects of caribou recovery strategies.

This “structured decision making” will be  used at  the  provincial and  the  detailed herd  planning levels for  each  of the 54 herds. The upgraded management process will track how planning decisions actually work in the field,   the outcomes, and their effectiveness. For example, B.C. plans to pilot this structure decision making process for herds found within the Central Mountain Group of Southern Mountain Caribou. The results will be used to  adjust or refine decisions in the next round or cycle of planning.

11 responses to “4. Management & Decision Making

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    [-] Sally

    Sounds like babble. Rein in the forestry industry and you’d be surprised at many species recovery.

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    [-] Alexander

    "Fair" has nothing to do with it. Science should be the only factor in making decisions about habitat and wildlife.

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    [-] Bryce

    Looks like the triage approach has been taken here & by the time things are put in place & things begin to take effect, some of those herds in the central group will be lost, & most if not all of the southern group will be left to die off too.

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    [-] Denise

    With each herd having such different threats and the growing use of habitat for resource extraction, tourism and roads, I can't see a program-wide approach to decision-making as flexible.

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    [-] James

    A decision-making process that is "flexible" but "structured"? And "fair" but "systematic"? This sounds like phoney management consultant talk rather than a serious commitment to caribou recovery.

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    [-] James

    Which populations in the central group are resilient enough to be used as the proverbial 'canary in the coal mine' for this proposed new decision-making "process"?

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    [-] David

    We have developed a Renewed "Conservation Vision" for the West Chilcotin that provides ecosystem connectivity between Ts'il?os Provincial Park, Itcha Igachuz Provincial Park, Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, and the Great Bear Rain Forest Mangaement Area. We have presented this as "without prejudice" to indigenous rights or exisiting negotiations between affected First Nations and the provincial and federal governments. Our concept for a large "special managemant area" will provide safe habitat for both mountain caribou and grizzly bears.

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    [-] Onni

    I understand there is little to no indication of the time frame for the various components outlined in this program. Timelines proposed for the next steps of the planning phase are not ambitious enough. Recognition of specific dates for review will ensure that effective action is taken as needed.

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    [-] Benjamin

    We need a project management team that has the ability and support to make effective decisions. If we consider every single persons feelings and emotions nothing happens. The science has been done by professional biologists and scientists for 20 years on these herds. If we really want to keep these animals in our mountains the time to act is today!

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    [-] Jean-Francois

    A proper time schedule is needed.

    In short, biologists of the Ministry already have a fair idea of urgent action that need to be taken. If we deliberate for years, caribou populations decrease, or become simply extinct.

    As we know a direct treat to these caribou population comes from the overabundance of wolves, we need to urgently cull the predator populations to protect the caribou. In all events, the wolves will recover, the caribou not.

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    [-] Tom

    What kind of decisions are we talking about? Land use, hunting vs non-hunting? Decisions of Min of Forest, Heli-skiing, Parks, Mines, or just Fish and wildlife to decide on what's left after everyone else has left the building?

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