5.5 Parks and Protected Areas



A significant portion of caribou habitat in B.C. is in provincial parks and protected  areas.

Different rules and applications for park and Crown lands means caribou management regulations in those two jurisdictions may be quite different in how well they protect caribou and their habitats. The challenge for the Province is to align this mix of agencies, regulations and economic interests in order to allow the Caribou Recovery Program to thrive throughout the province.

BC Parks will take a more active and leading role in making strategic decisions relating to caribou management in their jurisdictions.

13 responses to “5.5 Parks and Protected Areas

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    [-] Bryce

    And a significant portion is not. For the caribou to survive, they need far more undisturbed habitat than what is offered in the parks.

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    [-] Roy

    Mountain caribou need large undeveloped areas to protect "critical" habitat. Critical habitat is both core habitat, that is inhabited by caribou, and "matrix" habitat- the area adjacent to core habitat, but not directly used by caribou,. The matrix habitat supports other ungulates that are the primary diet of wolves and cougars, building those populations and leading to a caribou by-catch. Loss of old growth, previously undisturbed areas, is the primary cause of mountain caribou decline. The most important action in maintaining a viable population is to stop industrial activities, especially forestry, in the critical habitat areas, including matrix. Greatly increasing parks and protected areas in caribou habitat, and adding a "wilderness" designation would be the best way to do that and would benefit many additional species.

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    [-] Bronwen

    New protected areas should be established to ensure conservation of currently unprotected habitat.
    B.C. should be responsive to any proposals for Indigenous Protected and/or Conservation Areas, or
    other new protected areas. The Hart ranges of northeast B.C., and the Columbia Mountains, are
    excellent candidates for increased protected areas.

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    [-] Maryann

    New protected areas should be established to ensure conservation of currently unprotected habitat. B.C. should be responsive to any proposals for Indigenous Protected and/or Conservation Areas, or other new protected areas. The Hart ranges of northeast B.C., and the Columbia Mountains, are excellent candidates for increased protected areas.

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    [-] Shannon

    New protected areas should be established to ensure conservation of currently unprotected habitat. B.C. should be responsive to any proposals for Indigenous Protected and/or Conservation Areas, or other new protected areas. The Hart ranges of northeast B.C., and the Columbia Mountains, are excellent candidates for increased protected areas.

    Protection should be a first place to start and a place to take action quickly. Make a sign, post a boundary, send out press release, DONE.

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    [-] Paula

    And, (as a previous commenter has written), a significant portion is not. Currently unprotected habitat should be conserved via establishment of new protected areas. The Hart ranges and the Columbia mountains are among the regions where this is needed.

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    [-] Yvonne

    Establishment of new protected areas should be a high priority. The Hart ranges of northeast BC and the Columbia Mountains are prime possibilities.

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    [-] CS

    If you going to save caribou for heaven sakes shut hunting down in parks and save some natural history. Stop catering to big money. Things I have seen from my experience is unrealistic.

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    [-] SB

    New protected areas are needed. How about the Hart Ranges and the Columbia Mountains?

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    [-] Jennifer

    More caribou habitat must be protected in parks. In northeast BC the Hart ranges as well as the Columbia Mountains are excellent candidates for new protected areas to help with caribou recovery. The province of BC should particularly be looking for and open to proposals for Indigenous Protected Areas and/or Conservation Areas.

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    [-] Disa

    New protected areas should be established to ensure conservation of currently unprotected habitat. The province should favorably consider any proposals for Indigenous Protected and/or Conservation Areas or other new protected areas. The Hart ranges of northeast B.C., and the Columbia Mountains are excellent candidates for additional protected areas.

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    [-] Doug

    This proposal for another park should be given serious consideration: http://www.vws.org/projects/selkirk-mountain-caribou-park-proposal/

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    [-] Lorna

    Work with conservation groups in creating new protected areas in critical habitat corridors and ranges: Y2Y (Peace Region, Hart Ranges of northeast BC, Columbia Mountains), Valhalla Wilderness Society (South Selkirk Mountain Caribou Park Proposal), and others.

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